OBs and induction *UPDATE birth story*
Connor Patrick was born on July 3rd. I went in for the appointment worried that they would induce because of high BP or being "overdue", but Connor ended up being in a deep sleep for his Biophysical Profile and Fetal Non-Stress Test. Nothing they did was moving him including the buzzers, poking, prodding, talking, etc. He only scored a 4/10 (those 4 points being for his size and the amniotic fluid levels). Obviously, I wasn't ready for THAT to be the reason for induction. When the doc came in to talk I could not stop bawling. I agreed to be induced, but asked to come home first so I could get our stuff and find a place for our dog to stay. I returned to the hospital by 6, crying pretty much the whole time. I was so depressed when I was checking in, and I didn't even want to bring in my stuff. Then, a really nice older nurse came in and talked to me about how great it was that I wanted to go natural, and how many women don't even try anymore. She said that my doctor is often one of the last people to suggest an induction, and that if she said so, I really should try it. I let them insert Cervidil and slept overnight.
By the morning, I was completely effaced and dilated to 2 (from 80% and 1). Another doctor on call (the one I had liked the most), gave me the options of breaking my water or drugs to induce. She said that I had about a 50/50 chance of having a C-Section that day, so I was definitely feeling even more upset. I let them break my water at 9am, and let labor start. As the contractions started to come, I felt more and more empowered, and knew that I could still avoid a C-Section. I walked around and even walked outside with my doula (a friend who is traning to be a doula) until about noon, and then we went back up to the room. I walked and rocked for a while, and ended up being dilated to 6 by around 1pm. Then it was time to labor in the tub for a while! The water felt wonderful, but the contractions were getting pretty crazy. The nurse recognized my groans and had me get back on the bed and called in the doctor immediately becuase I was dilated to 9. I pushed for about 20 minutes and Connor came out! It was such a beatiful experience, and I'm so glad I didn't get an epidural. The feeling of pushing him out (well, at least the "release" part where he came out) was absolutely exhilirating. I still feel a rush when I think about it. Connor scored 9's on his Apgar (way better than the 4 of his BPP), but I started to bleed a lot. I don't really remember much after that, but I know the nurse said my BP dropped to 50/30 and she couldn't find my pulse. My husband went skin to skin with Connor while they tried to stabilize me, and after a while I was able to get him back on my chest and start breastfeeding immediately. It was a beautiful experience, and I'm so glad we have a beautiful, healthy family.
Well, I'm now a week overdue with an appointment tomorrow. The only issue i have going is high BP, but i have a feeling I'll be needing to put up a little fight against induction. I've had a wonderful pregnancy so far, but i am now starting to get tired and am hoping to still go in strong and confident. Any positive stories, affirmations, and reminders are welcome.
Also, the one intervention i had considered is a membrane sweep, but even that seems a little forceful. I have avoided overdoing even natural methods based on the belief that baby and body will work together when ready, and anything otherwise could interfere. Thoughts?