We've learned that in the past my body for some reason stalls mid labor. I get real contractions, regular, close and progressing. Then at a certain point, they just stall. For weeks. With the last two I was so exhausted from being up 24/7 after about 3 weeks building, and 3 or 4 days of every 3 minutes of strong contractions, I was desperate. We tried all the natural stuff, some repeatedly even.
For my 2nd, we went in to be checked after all this, still only at a 2, so tried the cervidil. No real change, it seemed like, but it seems to click something my body is missing. Nothing looked or felt different to me or the midwife, but in the wee hours of the morning, my water broke and he was born 20 minutes later. And maybe 10 minutes before it broke, I was checked at still at a 2.
For my 3rd, we were prepared, I talked to the midwife and made sure she knew my history. (all my births were really fast, as were my mom and grandma, I just seem to get stuck getting there). So we did the same once we reached the stall. This time my water didn't break and she didn't want to break if if baby wasn't ready, so we tried a one time pitocin drip, 15 minutes. I only made 10, the contractions were really different on that (I don't think I could have done long like many others have, I really was stronger and I'm a wimp
). After the 10 she stopped it, but still hadn't progressed much, then when water broke, 15 minutes of strong labor and done.
So I think induction used sparingly can be better than c-section or other problems. But I'd really only do it if you have to. The difference with the pitocin was huge and I'd go with natural contractions if at all possible.