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#1 of 7 Old 11-10-2008, 10:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My planned vbac is quickly slipping away from me for really terrible, unfair insurance-related reasons. Really long story. My wonderful midwife is doing her best to help me hold onto my vbac, but because we are on the clock due to a horrible situation with my insurance and the strict rules regarding vbac where I am birthing, our options are limited.

Right now the plan is to try to induce me using the catheter/balloon method ( I don't even know the "official" name for this method). She has described the general method to me and I've heard of it being used before, but I can't seem to find any good info on this method of induction (I like details). Can anyone describe the pros and cons, details etc. or point me to a website that will give me some good info? I am aware that my induction very well may not work, but I still want to be fully prepared and understand everything that is going on. I've got 12 days to learn what I can and I'm planning to walk my ass off and have as much sex as possible (sorry, tmi) to do what I can to get things going. I don't know if there is realistically anything else I can do.

If the balloon manages to help me dilate to 3 cm, then they can use a little bit of pitocin to help things along (they are really strict about using pitocin because I am a vbac). If that doesn't work, then it's another c-section for me.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!!
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I had the balloon catheter (had to be induced because of PIH). I actually would recommend this highly over cervadil. Getting it put in and the hours after are a PITA but for me-- I was 39 weeks and closed tight, probably nowhere near going into labor on my own and they put it in which hurt and then I had contractions the entire evening. The Dr. said it might fall out on its own once I dialate enough (and possibly just put me into labor) and if not I would come back the next day to get it removed (had my pit induction scheduled for the next evening) it never fell out and so I had it removed and it had gotten me to a 3-4 from nothing. I honestly think that it helped my pit induction go well and helped me avoid a c section. They turned the pit on and I immediately had STRONG contractions on the very lowest pit setting and never had to turn it up higher. So I think that the BC getting me to 4 cm really helped it jump start.

It is basically a balloon they insert deflated into the cervix and then blow it up and it stretches you open. Sounds awful and its not the most pleasant sensation ever but I believe it was worth it or I may not have had a successful induction.

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If you do a Google search for "mechanical induction of labour" you'll find some info that might help.
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Sorry you are finding yourself in such a pressure-filled situation

I had a successful foley catheter induction. You can read my birth story here for the whole, long account. Basically, my cervix was completely unfavorable at 37 weeks, but I really wanted to try for a vba2c. They placed the catheter (which was quite painful, but i suspect that is because my doctor hadn't done it before) which lasted about 5 or 10 minutes. They then taped it to my leg and after initial monitoring, I could move about as I wished. I took a nap, since I wasn't having any contractions and once I woke up, I decided to start nipple stimulation. That put me into early labor and I labored and labored. Eventually (gosh, over 24 hours later) I decided to try a breast pump for stronger nip stim and that put me into active labor. Had my baby a few hours later, without needing a drop of pit for augmentation.

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Thank you so much for the help!! I just did a new google search with much greater success! And hearing two positive outcomes from using this method has given me hope! Yesterday I was feeling really negative as to whether this might have even a chance of working and now I feel much more hopeful that I might avoid a repeat c-section afterall! Thank you so much!
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Good luck on your induction Mama. I really hope you get your VBAC and I think this is your best option.

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