With my son (and first birth) I had planned a homebirth. Two full weeks after my due date and every natural remedy we could thing of (saving castor oil) later my midwife suggested a Foley Balloon Induction. At the time her insurance would not allow her to attend a homebirth that was more than 2 weeks past the due date, so we had 24 hours to get labor started or it was off to the hospital.
The Foley Balloon was uncomfortable, and I was already stressed about labor not starting on it's own when it finally worked, and I dialated to four and started having regular contractions. Labor was very very painful, and I ended up with these lovely "coupling contractions" where the first one is productive and then about 10 seconds later you have an unproductive one that is just painful. My midwife mentioned that this can be a side affect of induction. After using some visualization techniques and some uterine massage the coupling contractions went away (after a few hours). After that it was just dealing with the back labor =) and getting that last half centimeter dialated. Also, lots of vomiting.
I'd like to go into labor sooner this time and avoid the whole induction thing if I can. My mom was induced for all five of her pregnancies (high intervention "I almost died" style hospital births) and thinks that it is our family genetics. Do you ladies have any suggestions for really prepping my body for getting labor started? One thing I have thought of is that last time it was winter and yucky outside so I was less active for the last trimester (also working very long hours- 60 hour weeks), and this time obviously I'm having a sunny July baby so I plan to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
What other things can I do to make sure I am as ready as possible?