I am not in your DDC, but I wanted to respond...
I applaud your decision to not go into this blindly and to seek additional information from your doctor. This is, ultimately, your decision, and I wish you only the best of outcomes.
In your OP, you indicated that you did not need to hear any more statistics, horror stories, etc., and I sincerely wish other posters had listened to your request before responding. You sound like you are somewhat scared, as I would be were I in your position, and are simply looking for some support. I will not share any statistics or stories with you, and will only say that you should trust your gut and do everything possible to encourage a positive outcome for both you and your little one, despite having to be in a medicalized environment. As a new mama, I had to make several split-second decisions about my care, and I had the added benefit of having a midwife to guide me. It is very difficult to know what to do when this is your first pregnancy and there are so many big decisions to make. Anyone on this board can tell what they think you SHOULD do, but that is clearly not what you were asking in your OP.
It is obvious that you are not blindly trusting your OB, and that is wonderful. You know the issues surrounding induction, and I can only guess how hard it is to have a complication like GD and have to make such hard decisions about the health and well-being of both yourself and your baby.
Originally Posted by gottaknit
Um... No. You're not going to read many positive stories about medically-unnecessary inductions on MDC: The Natural Family Living Community.
She indicated in her OP that she does not exactly know WHY she might be induced and is looking for answers, so how can you call her induction "unnessary"? I, for one, do not have a positive induction story to share with her as I was not induced, but as someone who is a part of "The Natural Family Living Community", I extend to her my deepest sympathy for the problem she is facing and hope that perhaps she can find someone on this board who can tell her how they managed to celebrate and welcome the birth of their child, despite having to go through an induction or other interventions. Or perhaps there is someone who can share some ideas on how to have a positive birth experience, despite medical interventions.
I will say this: I had an emergency c-section and my son was delivered seven weeks early. It was horrible, but looking back, even *I* can find some positive stories to share about delivering a baby despite interventions. I can tell you that holding him for the first time put everything into perspective and my feelings for him now overshadow the trauma of his birth. I can tell you that I wish I had a camera and had invited more people to share the experience with me, and I wish I had remembered to bring my bathrobe from home
. I also wish I knew of some sort of ritual that I could have used to welcome my son into the world, despite our cimcumstances. I can also tell you that if things go downhill again during my next pregnancy and I had to go to the hospital again, I would bring a birth banner or some other similiar birth art to the delivery, as well as music and other things the reminded me of home. Does anyone else have any similiar thoughts or advice to share? If you were the original poster, and an induction were potentially in your future (despite the circumstances), how would you prepare?
I applaud the OP for hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I wish I had done that during my pregnancy. Clearly, we are all hoping she can avoid the induction, but should she have the induction, what kind of support can we give her? Obviosuly, her worst case scenario is a c-sction after a failed induction, so are there any mamas out there who can give some advice about how to positively prepare for a c-section or induction? Would "Birthing From Within" have any good advice for her?
Come on ladies... lets' stop bombarding her with negativity and look for a way to give her some positive support.
Sorry if I sound harsh, but I beleive that this is one of those cases where our collective energy should be spent on support rather than activism.