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09/04/2013 at 14:42
I have so many questions! We're possibly looking at an induction at 36 weeks. What happens if cervix is nowhere near ready, will the drip etc force things to start off? Is a water birth even possible when you're induced under obstetric care? Can anyone tell me what to expect of an induction?
09/04/2013 at 15:10
I don't think you can have a water birth with an induction. They'll monitor you more than a 'normal' birth. The plan with me was a pessary, leave for 24 hours, if nothing happening then another pessary. Leave another 24 hours and till nothing, then a drip. If that continues more than a few hours with no action then c section.
12 hours after the first pessary I had pains and 24 hours after pessary he was here!
09/04/2013 at 15:26
I don't know about early induction but water births aren't usually allowed before 37 weeks anyway, and induction rules them out at any stage I believe.
09/04/2013 at 15:37
An induction will mean continuous monitoring. I was induced (9 days late). I went in at 8am, was given a pessary at 10am and by lunch I was in established labour. My SIL was induced early for both her children (36wks) and the first time she had to have 2 pessaries, but think 2nd time was more like me. I think an early induction may take longer to get started as your body won't be as ready as if you'd gone overdue/waters gone etc. I guess they'll try about 3 attempts with pessaries, 12 or 24 hours apart, then breaking waters, but if no progress I'd imagine they'd take you down for a C-section. Once you've had a pessary in, you won't be able to go home. A drip is normally used to crank up contractions, so would be used once your labour had started if they needed to move things along (I had a drip 2nd time as my contractions slowed when I started to push.) I found my induction to be very positive and an easier birth overall than the labour that started naturally. The main disadvantage is the monitoring, but you could ask if they had any remote bands you could use so you can stay on your feet for longer. (I just went for an epidural as if I was going to be strapped to the bed, I may as well have been pain free!)
10/04/2013 at 08:42
Thanks for all the info ladies :) I have heard induction usually means epidural will be needed because contractions are more intense
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