Dayiscomming2006 - thanks, I'm rather quite against inducing at all, and I'd certainly not consent to pitocin hospitalized induction without clear distress to me or the baby, however there's a bit of me that isn't so opposed to a non-pharmicological nudge to get things going at a time that my family and care provider were near by. My first was 7 hours total without any previous waves but a 1 hour progress from 4cm to complete then another 30 minutes of pushing on my side to slow things down. My second was a week of what felt like braxton-hicks with a total of a 1 hour birthing time. So although I trust my body, myself and the birthing process and I know that every birthing is different, I'm pretty sure when the time comes it will come fast. My unplanned UC was not peaceful, it was stressful for me and particularly DH. I know it would be better this time if we were UC, but I also am not sure I'd ever be prepared mentally to UC intentionally even though with #2 I felt completely competant and sure of myself and my knowledge to have handled the birth on our own. Even now I feel like I could do it, just something in me says that's not what I want to do. So I'm just exploring the thought that perhaps a low level intervention, with a knowledgable and supportive care provider, without the pressure to progress if I don't take off, might be a way to mitigate the stress of another potential UC and the concern breathing problems for a baby born rocket fast.
Maybe since you know how fast it could be, you can simply prepare yourself in case of an UC? I'd be concerned about inducing. I'm glad things worked out for this mom but there are known risks to pitocin, for instance. As far as a natural type induction, I guess, but I wouldn't want to induce baby before they are ready to come out as I think that would be even worse for baby's health than being born quickly. I know it's a bit scary but if you were well informed on how to UC, I think you'd feel better about it. If you can afford it, you could hire a homebirth midwife and even if they didn't make it in time, they could check you and your baby out after everything if it makes you feel better. Just my personal thoughts.
OP - Congratulations!