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Mom to two beautiful boys, now in school to be a therapist and help other women with PPD.
Has he ordered a 24hr protein? A hepatic panel (this is looking at liver function? A CBC? Uric acid? These are all tests that help complete the picture for toxemia - which is what I suspect he'll be worried about. How's your BP when you're laying on your left side? What is he telling you are the risks of continuing with your pg? The benefits? The risks of induction? The risks of an epidural?
Anyway, yes it is completely probable to have a natural induced birth. Educate yourself fast! Personally, I wouldn't let anyone break my water. Induced births of first time moms (esp w a thick cervix) can take days! Ask him what his induction plan would be. Could you be brought in in the morning and started with low dose pitocin - for example only increasing the pitocin every hour instead of every 30 min (or even 15 min at some institutions). Will he let you home if you aren't in active labor by 5pm and come back the next day? Once you are in a good labor pattern, will he turn off the pitocin (even if he agrees to this, you can expect to have to advocate a lot for yourself)? If the pit is shut off, can your IV be saline locked. Could you then get up and shower, be active, etc. The worst thing about pitocin is you need to be continually monitored (this doesn't necessarily mean in bed though). Once the pit is turned off, would you be treated like any other laboring mother?
I am worried you seem to have such a distrust in your dr. The dr/pt relationship should be built on trust and respect. Do you have any other choices open to you?
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