Question For You Ladies (sorry long)
I have a question for you all about inducing labor without using pitocin or other "traditional" medicines.
A little history, My first dd was born in a hospital completely med free, with a midwife. It was amazing!
My second dd in another state I had a bad experience with the only midwifes in the area and switched to an ob, whom I allowed to talk me into inducing a week early. Everything was okay, except I didnt handle the pitocin well at all and ended up with an epidural after they threatened a c-section because I ended up hyperventilating. Not ideal but it was still an okay experience. One that I allowed to happen and realized I jsut needed to stick by my guns and not be talked into an induction.
My third baby and first son I had an amazing midwife (in yet another state!) and I really liked the birthing center everything was going great, they agreed to just let me be unless I went past 41 weeks then they would induce, which I was fine with. But the day after he was due I went in for my appt and found out that the babys heart had stopped beating sometime during the night. I decided to be induced later that day and they started with cervadil (which after researching it later I was shocked that they used it!) and after starting labor just enough to be in labor but not progress for almost 20 hours we decided it was time to start the pitocin. Since The baby had already passed they put me on morphine about 10 hours in and once they started the pit it happened just like I knew it would, I started feeling like I was losing control and just could not handle the pain and feeling like it was all for nothing because my body fought it instead of working with it. So once again I got the epidural. Finally gave birth to him 27 hours after they started the induction process. (both my girls were 12 hours almost to the minute).
After losing another baby in July at 13 weeks I am now 11 weeks pregnant again and I know because of my history I am a liability and the entire office I am going ot said that I will be induced, probably at 37 weeks. Which I know is not ideal but at this point if it gets my baby here safe and sound then I am okay with that. But what I do NOT want is to be induced with pitocin again. I am really trying to find other ways to start induction without using drugs, like natural herbs, sex, walking, stripping membranes.... and was really looking for advice or suggestions that you all had. Ultimately I would really like to have a water birth and I cant do that if I am induced with pit.
Please dont say anything about staying home, or not allowing them to induce me, I will not be staying home, I was not comfortable with that before I lost my son and I will not risk me or the baby. I agree with being induced, I jsut want to try other methods before agreeing to pit. So if you dont have advice or suggestions I really dont want to hear anything about why I am making the wrong or bad decisions. For me this is right and something I have spent a lot of time thinking about and agonizing over.