Tuesday, October 11, 2011

scheduled induction

i started this blog almost a year ago (october 24, 2010) when jake and i were having issues conceiving. now here we are, a year later, and i'm blogging about the upcoming arrival of our daughter. unreal.

i had my 39 week appointment yesterday and am still 2cm. i'm also 50% effaced. we are going to induce on friday, october 14th. actually, i'm going to go in at 7pm thursday night to begin the um, "ripening" of my cervix. then friday morning they'll administer pitocin to get the real labor under way and hopefully we'll have a new baby girl on friday. i will only be 2 days shy of 40 weeks.

it's been pretty interesting to hear all the viewpoints on having an elective induction. yes, admittedly, this one is elective. my blood pressure spikes here and there, but i don't have pre-eclampsia. i don't have diabetes. my water hasn't broken without the onset on contractions. i'm not scheduling because i live 2 hours away and am afraid i won't make it to the hospital in time. those are typical reasons for required inductions. we do think the baby is already around 8 1/2 pounds, which is one reason i'm opting to induce. but that's just an estimate, maybe she'll be a small baby after all. overall, this is mine and jake's choice.

i've read a lot about the risks associated with inducing. an increased chance of c-section and increased need for forceps or the vacuum, stronger and longer contractions. i'm willing to accept those risks, and i think it has a lot to do with what you do and don't expect from labor.

i would love to give birth vaginally, but i've known since the beginning that i wouldn't care if i had to have a c-section. there are instances when that becomes medically necessary, like if the baby is breech or sunny side up. same thing with induction. if something happens and there is a medical need to have a c-section, that is totally fine with me. the recovery period might be longer, but if a c-section is the best way to deliver a healthy baby, i'm okay with that.

i've heard countless times that induced labor causes stronger and longer contractions. but ya know, i've also heard the exact same thing about first-time labor without being induced. the horror stories go both ways. i know women who have had successful home births, and some women who almost died. i know women who waited until 42 weeks to have their baby naturally and went through 30 hours of labor. i know women who were induced at 40 weeks and went through 6 hours of labor. every woman and every baby is different, you can't possibly know which experience you are going to have. and if you go into labor with the mindset that labor and delivery is going to go one specific way of perfection, you're going to be upset when it doesn't.

i know thursday and friday might not be smooth. quite frankly, i'm pretty sure the whole ordeal is going to be painful and sucky. i'm crossing my fingers that an epidural will help curb that, lol. but whether it's scheduled for this week or happens on it's own next week, that doesn't change my painful and sucky viewpoint.

the point is, no matter how painful and awful labor and delivery is, there is a baby at the end of it. and THAT is the most important thing to us. we look forward to welcoming leila diane in a few short days.


  1. Sending happy, safe and speedy labor vibes your way!

  2. I think thats a really healthy outlook. I watch those birthing shows all the time where women have made this specific birthing plan, etc etc and they are just SO upset when it doesnt go exactly as planned. The point is to get baby and mama taken care of in the safest, most efficient manner. You are a small girl and if Leila is already approaching 8.5 lbs, I'm thinking that you'd have a hard time pushing any more weight out. Goodluck and please keep us posted! I think you are about to go through the most painful, most wonderful experience of your life. -Rosie

  3. Personally, I believe that having an elective induction is A-Okay...especially as close to 40 weeks as you are.
    You are definitely right. Every delivery is different. I happen to have three labor and delivery tales, and by far, the easiest one was the third. I was induced with him. The two before that where I went into labor on my own were far more painful and icky. If I had it to do over again, I'd be induced every time.
    I think that anyone (with half a brain) would accept that you have the right to make your own decision about this process and back up off the rude comments. In fact, if I were in your shoes, I'd be tempted to tell anyone who has an issue with it to "go to hell." Let me just do it for you.

    If you are against elective inductions for a full term baby, just go Dr. Spock yourself. Stop being bitchy about someone else's decision.

    There, I feel better.

  4. I have not had a baby so I can only speculate on what my birth experience will be like but I will most likely plan to only have an induction if medically necessary. However, I do not think elective induction is wrong. My thinking is that every woman/couple can choose the best birth option for them and no one should judge those decisions.

    What an exciting week for you - soon you'll have a daughter!

  5. I had an elective induction. And guess what? At the end, I had a baby!! Ha. The only thing I feel sad having missed was going into labor on my own but not enough to wish I hadn't scheduled it. I was 40 weeks, 3 days and my baby boy weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Your attitude is perfect, and I can't wait to meet Leila!

  6. Every birth has its own story...and this is yours. :-) You know how you want to approach Leila's birth and I admire that!!

  7. I was induced and it wasn't too bad. It took about 24 hours, but I didn't even need the epidural until halfway through. Bring lots of movies to watch!

  8. Hi Jill- good luck with the birth! I can't wait to hear how things go! I had a scheduled c-section because I wanted one and I had a fabulous birth experience and easy recovery- so even though a c-section after an induction/labor might be a different recovery situation, don't be scared at all! Just remember you'd rather have stitches where u can see them!

  9. I am guessing you have a sweet baby by now! Just found your blog via Cole's twitter account. :)

    Can't wait to read more about your motherhood journey!