Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Oh Erin, I'm so sorry that you are disappointed in the way your little one will most likely be making her appearrance. I hope that I can make you feel a little bit better...
I was induced with both of my boys. Turns out that with both pregancies I had low AFI at the end, and my OB thought it was best to get things moving. Since I have nothing to compare my experiences to, I feel great about how things went, and actually feel that induction was a very calm, controlled, normal way to give birth. I'll share my story with you from last week to see if it helps you feel better...
I went in for my 38w 2day checkup, had my ultrasound to check fluid, and was sent right over to the hospital to induce. My OB met me there and broke my water right away. I was already at 4-5 and 70% effaced. She felt I was ready to go anyway. But the contractions started about 45 minutes later and then they started a low dose of pitocin to regulate their strength and duration. They became regular quickly, and I had an epidural (I have a very low pain tolerance...). Once I had the epidural, I was very comfortable and was able to relax. I progressed quickly, started pushing around 5:30 and my dear Spencer was born at 6:13. All along the way, the nurses and my OB were explaining everything, answering all my questions, and I was comfortable enough to really take everything in. I have absolutely no regrets or qualms about being induced-especially if you have a medical reason that necessitates it.
So for me, personally, both of my birth experiences were wonderful. I was induced both times, I had epidurals both times, and I had two beautiful healthy little boys. I know that the prospect of induction sounds scary-I was scared both times too. But the environment I was lucky enough to deliver in was so calm and controlled that I'm not sure I would have 'enjoyed' the panicked drive to the hospital in full labor-beggining DH to run the lights. LOL!
I hope this makes you feel a little better. Be ready to ask questions and be involved in your birth process, even if your doctor is just getting things started for you. Good luck-we're here for you!