Induction for health risks, need encouragement!
Hi everyone, I'll try to make this is short as possible as it's hard to explain. I had an abruption that healed early in pregnancy. Doctors, and my midwives still recommend induction at 37 weeks. I feel very strongly about induction, but as it's been explained to me by my midwife, whom I like and trust, the abruption is essentially like a scar, and that the further I wait to induce, the more likely it is that my placenta can basically just shut down, resulting in the loss of the baby. That's the vague short version. 37 weeks rolled around, they checked me, and I was 4 cm dialated and about 70 percent effaced. So I declined the induction, which she said was reasonable as he could come on his own soon. Well my last appointment was monday, he still isn't here after almost 2 weeks of very deceptive pre-labor. I am now past 38 weeks. Since 37 weeks I've been doing primrose oil, rasberry leaf tea, nipple stimulation, acupressure, walking, even the eliptical! I can't do sex because it will cause really bad bleeding. So here I am at 38 weeks and they have scheduled an induction for next wednesday. I put off the induction for one more week at my last appointment hoping that he would have come on his own by now but I've been walking around at 4 cm for two weeks now and it's just not happening. Unless he comes before wednesday, I'll have to be induced. They just don't want to push it past 39 weeks. At least he'll be 39 weeks though, right?
Anyway (sorry for that lengthy intro) the induction is scheduled for 8 am on the 13th of february. I still want to do an unmedicated birth. I'm still hoping that just maybe he'll come before then, but he may not. And I was just hoping to hear some encouraging words or some good birth stories about other women who were able to do an induced birth without medication. I'm nervous about it, but I know it's not impossible. Any good thoughts, advice or stories? Anything would be appreciated. Please no comments or pressure discouraging me from the induction. I've discussed it extensively with the midwife and put if off as long as I can. I still really want to have an otherwise natural birth.