*sigh* I have cholestasis and will need to be induced. - Page 2
-She's going to get Cervidil and then go back home to sleep. They may try this for several days.
-I suggested she run Evening Primrose oil by the cervix by her midwife to try to soften cervix before Cervidil
-Get in a good breakfast in he morning before pit is started
-Start the pitocin low and up it slowly, every 30-60 mins instead of every 15
-We're going to put a sign over the pit machine saying "Wait! Please speak to me before you increase the dose!" and also her Mom is going to watch over it.
-Negotiate turning off pit once she gets to 5cm and her body kicks in, show midwife Lamaze research review if needed
-Possibly monitored intermittently (20 mins on monitor, 40 off) once pit is turned off if everything is going well
-Stay out of bed, on birthball, upright, etc.
-Ask for water-proof wireless monitoring belts so can get in shower
-Keep waters intact
-Get endorphins up: dim lights, music, light massage
Hope that helps.
My OB did NOT use pitocin (hates it in fact) so there are other options. I still had a natural birth (used hypnobabies)
I hate the fact that I was induced and it still bothers me, but you can still get close to a natural birth (ie induced but without pain meds)
I hope to hear a positive update from you soon!
I had an "emergency induction". At the time, I read "stillbirth", my midwives said they recommended induction, & so I did it without any further thought. I will spare you the bloody details, but it was possibly as far from the natural birth I envisioned as possible. I did not have a c-section, but ended up with more than 40 sutures & had a very painful recovery. I possibly had every intervention except a c-section. My body.was.not.ready. and fought every step of the way. BUT- I have a beautiful, healthy, energetic 2 year old! I have a lot of negative feelings regarding my whole experience and many unanswered questions. To be honest though, I quickly forgot about it all & realized how little the birth process mattered in the scheme of my daughter's life. only now that I am thinking about #2 do I find myself researching this again to see if I can possibly avoid the whole mess!
I plan to research more:
low-fat, organic vegan diet
So at 30ish weeks, I think you have time for this stuff too. Maybe you can monitor your numbers over the next few weeks and see if a change in your diet makes a difference. you may ultimately choose to be induced, but you have to know that is ok too. The biggest lesson I took from this experience is how truly unpredictable & uncontrollable parenting really is. My little peanut started teaching me a few weeks early
Sarah, I'd love to hear more about your experience with Cholestasis, and how you were able to have a homebirth. I'm 23 weeks pregnant (second pregnancy) and I'm really worried I can get cholestasis again. I don't want to go through the whole induction process this time, it was a bad experience and I was hoping to have a homebirth for the first time.