note: I feel that women should all birth at home, with caregivers of their choice, and if there's a complication during pregnancy or labor, THEN go to the hosptial.
My first baby was an uncomplicated elective induction, 39 weeks. My OB said this would work, my cervix was "favorable." I agreed to this because I knew my own Bishop score
, a 9 (I was a huge OB text junkie w/ my 1st pg--vs. being a BIRTH junkie now.)
7:30 a.m. arrived at hosptial
8 a.m. OB broke my bag of waters
9 a.m. Pit is started, slowly
10 a.m. epidural meds given
1:00 p.m. epidural meds not
working, Pit working, pain intense and agonizing
4:00 p.m. epidural re-inserted
5:00 p.m. OB leaves for day, I am 4 cm.
owies and agony, and
5:30 p.m. RN says 10 cm, calls OB
6:30 p.m. OB arrives
6:40 p.m. I start pushing
5 pushes and 1 episiotomy later
7:02 p.m. baby born
Good points: I watched in a mirror. I reached down & pulled my baby out. I declared the sex. I got my hour of bonding time. I could stand up & pee on my own after an hour (despite epidural meds--I don't know how to do Pit w/o pain meds.)
Bad point that is not a horror story: no food at midnite before the induction; boy was I hungry!