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Was dreaming of natural labour - need encouragement!

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#1 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:05 PM


I am 39 weeks and 1 day today.  I have had a wonderful pregnancy and virtually no negative symptoms at all, sleep well, feel comfortable etc etc.....and have been getting really passionate about having a natural, spontaneous labour and birth after being induced with my daughter in 2008 due to pre-eclampsia, and having contractions starting 3-5 minutes apart and only getting closer and stronger over the next 12 hours.  I ended up with an epidural after 8 hours as I just couldn't cope any longer.  That was at 40 weeks 5 days.

I have had perfect bp up until the weekend, when it suddenly went very high.  Sooo, I am booked for my much dreaded induction tomorrow night.  My cervix was checked today, and I got a 1 out of 10 on the Modified Bishop Score (the score they use to indicate how ready your body is for labour...or something).  My cervix is high, thick and long.  Not good.  My obstetrician said it is likely to be a long labour.  ohmy.gif

I have read the Hypnobirthing book and have been listening to the affirmation and relaxation CD every night for a long time now and was so excited about the prospect of going into labour spontaneously - I loved wondering where I would be, what time it would be, how it would start etc etc, and being able to labour at home for a while.  I also believed that I would cope wonderfully with labour and even enjoy it.  original.gif

Now I really don't need to hear THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU AND BUB ARE HEALTHY.  I KNOW that.  Of course that is the most important thing - which is why I have agreed to the induction (I wasn't pushed to have it but know the risks if I don't).  It just seems like everyone I talk to who I mention my dream of a natural birth to thinks that this somehow means that I don't care about the health of the baby, and that they have to remind me of that, and they dismiss the part about the birth.  I just need someone to understand that this lovely natural birth was so important to me.  It's not because I want to be a hero or prove anything - it's about more than I have time or energy to go into right now - but it was (is) a dream of mine.

I would love to hear any encouraging and positive induction stories - preferably ones that were drug free (apart from the induction drugs) and happy. original.gif   I know that I have to accept the inevitability of whatever happens now, but some encouragement would be great!


#2 LipStick

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:26 PM

I was induced a day before my due date due to foetal growth. Bubs wasn't growing towards the end and they thought let's get her out so she can grow on the outside rather than risk me being overdue and her not growing inside. I was told 1 week before that I would be getting induced and I would pray and hope that she would come on her own accord, but she was quite comfy in there!

I went into hospital at 8am and had the gel about 9ish. I was having contractions according to the monitor but I couldn't really feel them until about midday, then things started happening. You aren't monitored all the time with the gel, only a bit at the start (as baby can react badly to the gel) and a couple of times throughout.

I had DD at 8:20pm, so a 6 and a half hour labour. I didn't have any tearing/grazes and I didn't have any drugs. What got me through each contraction was just focusing on getting past that contraction. It helped me alot. Also DH wore a shirt that had some writing on it and I would stare at the O and picture myself opening up.

I know this may sound strange but I really enjoyed the experience and it wasn't what I thought it would be. I'm a big whimp so I was very freaked out about giving birth beforehand, but I woke up being very excited to finally meet DD original.gif

Goodluck with your induction and I hope it's an amazing experience for you. How exciting you get to meet bubs soon!!

#3 cheekybooby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:32 PM

One of the most amazing things about giving birth is feeling baby coming down the birth canal, turn a corner and come out.  Certainly something that you wont have felt with an epidural.  You know when to push and wont need someone to tell you.  I wasn't induced with my first labour, nor did I have drugs and all up it was about 3 days.  My second I was induced, gel only, and it is just as intense.  

Mind over matter has to be your pain relief if you ant to experience it fully, and it can be done, women have been doing it for 72 million years.  If it comes to the health of the baby, well, drugs are risky, so try to remember that when it gets a bit rough.

Good luck and take care original.gif

One of the most amazing things about giving birth is feeling baby coming down the birth canal, turn a corner and come out.  Certainly something that you wont have felt with an epidural.  You know when to push and wont need someone to tell you.  I wasn't induced with my first labour, nor did I have drugs and all up it was about 3 days.  My second I was induced, gel only, and it is just as intense.  

Mind over matter has to be your pain relief if you ant to experience it fully, and it can be done, women have been doing it for 72 million years.  If it comes to the health of the baby, well, drugs are risky, so try to remember that when it gets a bit rough.

Good luck and take care original.gif

#4 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:46 PM

Lip Stick and cheekybooby, thank you so much for your responses.  They are indeed encouraging!  biggrin.gif

cheekybooby, Feeling my baby being born is one of the many, many reasons I want this.  I know this sounds far fetched - but my ultimate dream with this birth is to actually lift the baby out myself - with my own hands.  I have been visualising it intensely and could really see it.  I am hoping and praying that it will still happen.   hands.gif

I also would love to labour in water (my hospital only has two labour rooms with the nice big corner baths - you're allowed to labour in them but not birth in them - which sounds crazy but there you go) but have been told I will not be able to do that with the induction.  I did spend most of my labour with my DD in the shower, but really not the same!

I have had an acupuncture session this afternoon in the hope of getting things going without drugs (although it still isn't natural in my eyes because it's still tampering with the way it 'would' have been), and have been trying acupressure points, nipple stimulation etc...have been having some really strong Braxton Hicks - but I'm pretty sure that's all they are.

Thanks again for the support and encouragement!  biggrin.gif

#5 willow79

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:55 PM

So I've been induced overdue with mine. Both times baby was high & it wasn't looking very favourable.

My first was horrible it was long & slow. When they ruptured membranes there was Mec so I was hooked to a monitor the whole labour.  I held off for most of labour without drugs but couldn't take it in the end as I was just so exhausted, the synto was a killer.  Dd I think was effected by having peth late which made her sleepy & caused a big nightmare for our start to BFing.

So move onto number 2, I was dreading an induction as I was presenting exactly the same. Well all I needed for this one was the gel. Woken at midnight to a flood in the bed, having some mild pain  3cm at 2am. Sometime after 330am pain was starting to ramp up having a shower & got the urge to push.  I seriously thought I was imagining it the contractions weren't even regular!  She was born just after 4am.  dH only just made the birth, I wasn't even going to bother calling.  So I didn't even need to contemplate drugs. She BF beautifully & I was home by 10am!

Moral of the story don't let previous experience get you down, it may well turn out very different!  Good luck original.gif

#6 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

Thank you willow79 - sounds wonderful!  biggrin.gif

You ladies are just what I need right now!  wub.gif

#7 ceeshell

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:01 PM

Both my labours were induced for pre eclampsia.

THe first one was at 40w4d - The first dose of gel went in at midday and I went into established labour at 6pm when my waters broke during an internal (was just lazing around the hospital watching movies and reading until then). DD1 was born at 10.40pm. I had a bit of gas to help control my breathing, but that was it. 15 minute pushing stage. It was a very positive experience, I spent a lot of time in the shower,  my husband and I worked together as a team (well, I obviously did more hard work, but I couldn't have done it without him, it was really lovely). No epidural.

My second was an emergency induction due to dangerously high blood pressure. The scary red alarm on the wall was pressed after a routine bp check. There was no gel, just the drip turned all the way up and my cervix was not AT ALL ready. The doctor broke my waters for me (I am not going to lie, that was very unpleasant). Baby was born in 2 hours 15 minutes with a 15 minutes pushing stage. No epidural, no gas (this time around it made me vomit). I wasn't allowed to get off the bed. Not fun, but it didn't last very long.

My first labour was a dream, really. My second was hard, but short. Both resulted in beautiful babies.

The one thing I can tell you is that the euphoria I felt when I met my baby was identical with both labours.

ETA - 2nd baby was induced at 38 weeks.

Edited by ceeshell, 13 February 2012 - 08:04 PM.

#8 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:10 PM

ceeshell,  Thanks for your story.   I had my waters broken with my DD - it was horrible!  I have been told that this time because of the position of my cervix that this probably won't be possible...which is good I guess...  I originally had the gel which didn't do anything really, then ARM, then drip.  I hope this labour is shorter than my last one too!  original.gif

#9 Elemenopee

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:17 PM

I haven't been induced but just wanted to add my first birth was way longer and harder than my second.
1st -epi, peth, and gas. 12 hours in labour room.
2nd - drug free, 12 minutes in labour room.
Good luck in having the birth you want.

#10 katrina24

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:22 PM

Hi, I was induced with DD one due to post dates. She was not engaged, my cervix was high, closed tight and thick. I went in for the induction an had 1/2 dose of gel applied. The OB was so sure it would be a hard induction he wanted to do 1/2 gel at night with the rest the next morning then break waters and put me on SH toxin drip. It went a bit differently, I went into labour a couple of hours after first gel and DD was born 4 hrs later after a relatively easy labour. Good luck.

#11 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thank you Elemenope and katrina24!

katrina24 - Just what I need to hear - amazing!  biggrin.gif

#12 merbaby

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:37 PM

Going to bed now - will read any new replies in the morning.  Thanks again!

#13 imamumto3

Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

I had a great induction!

My Ob did arm at 7:30am & then started the drip at about 9:30.  I sat around watching TV & chatting to DH while waiting for things to kick in.  Being a VBAC, I was monitored on & off, but I still moved around the room, bounced on the ball, made toilet trips etc with no problem.

10 minutes after active labour started I used the gas & DD was delivered abpit 30 mins later, it was all very easy!

#14 merbaby

Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:05 PM

imamumto3, That is amazing!  biggrin.gif

#15 Kittykit

Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

I was induced (but had epidural) and I loved it.  Loved going in at 7am and knowing that the time had come.  Good luck, I hope you have a great experience.  Don't worry too much about not going "natural".  Its going to be special regardless xx

#16 merbaby

Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:20 PM

imamumto3, That is amazing!  biggrin.gif

#17 merbaby

Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

Kittykit, As I said, I don't have the time or energy to go into why it's important to me for it to be natural, but it is.  I think a lot of people don't understand this so think it is easy to dismiss.  Thanks for your story anyway.  original.gif

#18 FunnyRoses

Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:02 PM

I dont have any story's for you i just want to say GOODLUCK !!! I'm 36 weeks with my first and I totally understand how you feel about wanting to experience natural childbirth ! I feel exactly the same and im busy practicing my calmbirth skills !!
All the best ! I look forward to checking for updates !! You'll do great, keep your visualisations going !!

#19 ani1

Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:07 PM

Good luck  original.gif

#20 boopyscreet

Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:00 PM

I was adamant that I didnt want to be induced with DD, but at my 39 week appt when the OB didnt like my BP and booked me in for the induction at 40+2 I was so relieved I burst into tears. I was getting so uncomfortable and was really puffy and just wanted to meet my baby.

So due to BP and a smidge of pre eclampsia I was booked in. I had contracted every 10 minutes for 12 hours 2 days before, and then went in for gel.Fortunately the contractions were useful and I was already 1cm dilated. I had pretty full on contractions soon after (and DD was posterior - so that was not real fun) for about 12 hours. Then everything slowed down. About 1am my waters broke a little but no more contractions. The OB came in the morning and started the drip and still nothing happened. At 3.15pm a gorgeous midwife had a look and said that my waters had only partially broken. She did a fab job of completely breaking them (and it didnt hurt) and DD was born with the help of forceps (due to a BP spike) at 6.39pm.

No pain relief except for a local for the episiotomy.

I didn't think I was doing particularly well, but afterwards all the midwives and the OB said they were amazed at how well I handled it all and said my pain threshold was really high.

I reckon it was all down to Calmbirth as I was really focussed on getting through each contraction.

Even though my labour was long, and stop-start it all turned out fine.

Currently 32+2 and having serious words with bub#2 about coming early or on time.

Good luck OP!

Edited by boopyscreet, 21 February 2012 - 07:05 PM.

#21 ellsbells

Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:20 PM

I was induced at 12 days over due with my first baby.  He wasn't going anywhere, he was very high up and nowhere near being engaged.  Also my cervix was long and hard and completely unripe.  

Because of a history of asthma the induction started with a balloon being inserted into my cervix rather than the gel (apparently the gel can trigger asthma attacks??).  THis happened late in the evening and we were told if fell out to come back in.  Its supposed to work by imitating the pressure of the babies head on the cervix which is one part of labour getting started.  

The balloon fell out in the middle of the night (so some dilation/softening had begun) so I had to go back to the hospital to be monitored.  They were a little worried because the baby was still high and it was possible that the umbilical cord could slip out under the babies head and get stuck.

THe next morning nothing more had happened so I was started on a cintocyn (sorry not sure of spelling) drip at 11am,  contractions started immediately and were pretty constant coming in waves one after the other.  THis was all fine and I could breath though them, thinking about how the pressure was all working towards the baby being born.  After around 2 hours of contractions I was checked by the midwife and was at 10cm and was told to push if I felt like it.  

Pushing really helped with the pain and pressure of the contractions and in about 7 pushes my wonderful little boy was born!

I did suck on gas while they were stitching me up (there were a bunch of stuff ups there but thats another story) but the actual labour and birth were drug free.  

I hope all goes well for you!

#22 4joys

Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:20 PM

Hi OP!

I was induced with my 2nd pre dates (39+4). I had the gels at midnight and then ARM at 6am contractions established at 4 - 6mins  at 7am and DS2 was born at  6.30pm. I did end up with an epidural at the end (5.30pm) but I don't think that it was  due to the induction, it was more about my own lack of  good preparation and knowledge. I had had acupuncture and have also been doing the accupressure points from Deborah Betts handbook, to help with my cervix - let me know if you'd like the link, its a great resource.

You sound like you are informed and really well prepared, and FWIW, I think that is really fantastic! You have a great attitude, and I am sure that if I had the same preparation for DS2 that I did with DD, I would not have needed the epi in the end. I love that you have been visualising delivering your baby, I did the same visualisations during my last pregnancy, and was able to deliver my baby, it really was amazing!! You can read her birth story linked in my sig if you like  original.gif

All the best for your birth and meeting your little miracle, let us know how you go!

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