Originally Posted by beachbabe
I was induced at 39 weeks for medical reasons, I was on heparin to prevent a DVT, as I had one a few years ago, and heparin can lead to complications with bleeding if an epidural or c-section is required. The consultant reccomended induction as controllong the timing of heparin doses, and getting me back on it asap after the birth was important.
I knew from early on I would be induced, and therefore knew the day baby would be born, which was odd!
I did not need the gel as I had started to dilate, just went in that morning for syntocin.
Apart from the syntocin, and having my waters broken, I needed no other intervention. The labour was intense, and fast, but no epidural, and the little man needed no help entering the world.
Just thought I would post this to show an induced labour does not always mess around with your birth plan, or lead to a cascade of interventions.
Beachbabe, its great that you had a positive induction experience. I think that because you had started dilating and your body had started the process naturally that this would have made things a little easier.
There would've been a cascade of interventions, the artificial rupture of your membranes, the oxytocin and then, I'm sure you would've been on constant fetal monitoring? This would've restricted you during your labour and eliminated the possibility of walking or using the shower during your labour. This is fine as I'm sure you were prepared for this from early on in your pregnancy when induction would've first been discussed. However, to someone who has the possibility of induction sprung on them at 39 weeks (as Laurpat has) may find this distressing, especially if they have a very 'hands off/natural birth plan.
Anyway, its great that you can share your story for those who are going to need an induction. As I've said before, inductions can go well and you are a great example of this.
@ Laurpat: Its great that you are seeking lots of advice before agreeing to be induced. Make sure that whatever you decide is for the right reasons for you and your husband, and be sure that you are aware of the process before you begin it should you be induced.
@ grindelwald: I'm sorry if I've misunderstood you throughout this thread. It just seems that you have disagreed with some of the things I have spoken about (playing around with nature unnecessarily, being induced without medical necessity, what Consultants do and don't do to suit their social calendar) Its my profession and I like to think that as I am speaking from experience and from my professional education, that I do know what I am talking about.
I hope that some of what I have said has been useful - and judging by the amount of 'thanks' I have for some of my posts it has.
Good luck to all you girls in the decisions that you make! I look forward to hearing about your bundles of joy over in the newborn and toddlers forum very very soon