What did you and your care team do to make an induction as pleasant and positive as possible?
I am considering an elective induction for this pregnancy so I have been researching this. If I end up having an epidural, I'm thinking about using the peanut ball http://betterbirthdoula.org/peanut-ball-and-epidurals-tips-for-doulas/ Also, here are some labor positions that work on the cefm http://www.icanofatlanta.com/?page_id=159
Here is an older thread with some positive stories
Do you have a labor support partner who will be with you?
If you know the baby is head down and on your left side, you could try doing squatting to help bring him or her down. You might still go into labor before then though! Either way I hope things go smoothly for you!
Glad to hear you are feeling calm and peaceful! I've heard that the pitocin can be titrated so it's more gentle, and the epidural can also be turned up or down depending on what your needs are.
I've also found that making plans to help cozy up my birth environment is soothing. So, music, my own blanket and pillow, aromatherapy if you like that and are allowed. A hot pot and my favorite tea. Books and magazines. That kind of thing. What are your plans for the big day?
Day 1: cervidil over night, dilation to finger tip. Slowly ramped up to max Pitocin which created regular, mildly discomfortable contx. Dilation at end of day, 1cm. Unhooked from machinery and allowed real food and walked in circles for hr and half. Annoying contx, but never escalated.
Day 2: cytotec overnight which caused a lil more dilation, 50% effacement, and crampy night. Building up to full pitocin. crampier, reg contx but not painful. No change at last exam.
Plan for day 3: cytotec again overnight. AROM in morning.
1. DH was there w me the whole time. He was very good at asking Drs sensible questions.
2. Doula (w years of L & D nurse experience) was able to explain things again and again.
3. My dr (family care) was very supportive and was very keen on exhausting all options. OB, despite the one who did csection in the end) happened to be the one skilled in breech deliveries, forceps, manipulating baby's position.
4. Kind nurses.
I'm sorry things did not go as planned, but it sounds like you are feeling ok about how things went. I'm glad that you had lots of support. Birth is such a wild card sometimes. How are you and the baby recovering?