Has anyone successfully (or not) had a gentle induction? Basically get the contractions going (if need be), strip membranes, and if all is looking good, break the waters, and that's it. A friend did this once, and now its been brought up by my midwife.
This last birth was an oopsback. A fantastic, miracle, empowering, scary, cold on the floor, vaginal birth. The midwife wasn't able to make it. Its equally un / likely she could make it this time. However, before those 45 painful minutes, I was in labor two different weekends. For four hours a shot, real labor, real dialation, and then nothing. Baby got to a +1 and hung out there for weeks. It was painful and frusterating. Ultimately awesome despite tearing. But DH would really prefer to have a midwife there, and I suspect my odds of tearing will go down (I pushed when I shouldn't have, I know it was panic that caused my tear). My first CS baby I labored for 4 hours after my water broke on its own (no labor before this), and got to 8 cm. Breech. Second baby, two 4-hour sessions of labor on successive weekends, followed by 45 minutes from first twitch to baby out. So it is pretty much the definition of induction for convenience except the convenience is partly for safety. I love the idea of going in having contractions and getting all warm and in something more comfortable than a grimy wet t-shirt and settled on a birth ball and ... and birth just going. It would not be at 35 weeks or anything early or if my body wasn't ready, we'd be careful about that part especially given how horrible my CS was.
This is really really appealing to my hopes of a safe, simple, drama-free birth. Anyone done this before, mamas of many babies maybe? x-posted to the May DDC ;)