hmmm- your last two babes were induced? at what week? do you think your gestation is just a bit longer than 40 weeks? how long will your doc let you go? how much say do you have in extending the waiting time?
as far as castor oil- i agree, it is not pleasant. however, it seems to be effective in starting labor. i know many people who have had little luck in other methods of inducing, and castor oil has worked. i took it two times attempting to induce. my midwives thought for sure it wasn't pleasant, but they were confidant that it does not cross the placenta (and when you see how it comes out you will be sure it couldn't have too
). is it possible that the study someone refered to showed meconium staining because the baby was so mature, not because of the oil? i had absolutely no meconium.
i think it's the lesser of evils that you will have to choose between. hospital inducement or castor oil? certainly cervidil or pitocin is much more dangerous than castor oil. no one would dispute that.
if you do do castor oil: i researched it quite a bit, talking with different docs, midwives and birthing center staff. they said to take 4 oz. i mixed it with orange juice to make it more palateable. if this does nothing in 2 hours, you can take 2 oz. more. plan to stay near the potty.
it was recommended by all to take it in the morning, so that by night i might be in labor, and so i wasn't up all night pooping. if you take it, i wouldn't recommend doing it right before inducement. you don't want to be on the pot at the hospital. do it a couple days before. drink plenty of water, and take acidopholous to replenish all that good bacteria you are washing away.
would't it be great to go into labor without intervention? i hope you can find what works, and maybe it will happen spontaneously. but good to think about all your options and research what your doc is willing to do.
many bright blessings