Posted 19 January 2005 - 06:03 PM
Hello there .. I will probably contradict the popular school of thought, but I have had two inductions (the most recent on 7/1) and the first one was as harrowing as most stories you hear .. long, hard and fast from the outset, all pain relief options utilised etc. However, the second one was amazing. Had the gel the night before .. niggly pains all night and into the next morning .. water broken at 1.30pm next day .. still niggly contractions .. drip inserted at about 7pm .. started at 10mls an hour .. upped half hourly twice (to 30mls an hour). After an internal at 9pm only had me a 3cm and 100% effaced, the midwife suggested the shower (removing all the monitors etc and getting off the bed was bliss) .. the next 51 mins were fairly harrowing but I managed with not one wiff of pain relief and a very beautiful daughter at the end. Officially the labour was 3 hrs and 1 min long (they measure it from when your contractions become regular) and a non-existent pushing stage (she was out in one contraction as I stood beside the bed before the OB could get back to the room). Overall, I would not change a thing. I was extremely fortunate though to have a midwife who had my wishes and best interests at heart (for instance, she argued with the OB when he suggested upping the drip again) .. I couldn't have done it without her. Sorry for the long-winded reply but I was indeed surprised that an induction could be a fantastic experience. I think it must depend upon your carers/OB etc as to how it turns out. I certainly wouldn't have believed after my first experience that it could be anything but disturbing, but this time around was beautiful. Best wishes for your birth and I hope my experience can at least add a different perspective for you.
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This message was edited by BabyM on Wednesday, 19 January 2005 @ 7:06 PM