Well, first a big thank you to all those who replied to my worries about having an induced birth last week. I printed them out and reread them before going to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
After starting Pit at 9am at a low dose and being 2.5cm and +1 station, my doctor decided to break my waters and turn up the dose at 1.45pm after the lower dose did nothing but make my BH contractions more regular. Blimey that worked alright!
By 2pm I was having painful contractions and we think I was in active labour by 2.30. My wonderful doula got me through an hour of intense contractions (pit was turned off) 2 minutes or less apart and then we moved to the tub when unbeknownst to me I was in transition. My doctor checked me after about an hour in the tub (when I was thinking "please don't let me be 5cm!") and told me I was 9cm - relief!
So I dragged myself out between contractions and after 45 minutes of pushing (what an awesome experience to feel your body just do this!) little Thea came into the world after about 4 hours of unmedicated labour, which definitely wouldn't have happened without the support and skill of my amazing doula.
After being told she was "too small" for a hospital midifery practice at 37 weeks, it was ironic that she was 6lb 9oz, 18 inches and definitely NOT IUGR!!
Welcome to the world Thea, love mummy!
Widowed mummy to T 6/08 and a crazy blue dog