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      04.07.2010 19:46
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      worked good for me as my blood pressure was too high

      Labour Induction

      I had been in the hospital for two weeks with high blood pressure and had been told I would be induced. Then I was told I couldn't be and that I might get home it was all very stressful and mentally draining as my blood pressure wasn't settling on the medication that I was on (I had pre-eclampsia which I was later told in the labour ward).

      I had been waiting on my consultant to come and see me and tell me what was going to happen. It was 8 days before my due date so I was well ready to meet my little bundle of joy.

      I had been examined a few days before to see if my cervix was favourable and it wasn't. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster as I was constantly being told something different by different people. Told I was going to get home and then told I was going to be induced.

      The only thing I was being told constantly was that my blood pressure was too high and it wasn't stable (something I knew myself as I was constantly getting it taken throughout the day).

      I had been examined the morning before the consultant had come to see me and my cervix still wasn't favourable however it was slightly more than the last time. I was told I probably wouldn't be induced.

      The consultant arrived and I have to say I was very relieved to meet him. He was a nice man and took the time to explain things to me and talk through any worries I had. This was something that no-one else had done and as a first time mum, I was finding the whole experience of having high blood pressure frightening. He reassured me and explained some of the options I had later on during labour. He told me that I was going to get gels to help bring me on.

      So that night I was examined again but this time they inserted a small tube which a gel was put through. This gel would help me start into labour. I was warned that it might not work and not to get excited by the woman who was inserting the gel for me as apparently it sometimes doesn't work.

      I got the gel at 11.00 at night and went to sleep. It didn't hurt to get it inserted however just like an examination it was uncomfortable. I fell asleep; however what I didn't know, was that I was going to have a restless night. I woke up every couple of hours with pains but I was told that I wasn't in labour that it was only gel pains I was having, so I tried to sleep as much as possible.

      That morning after a disturbed sleep I got another examination and I was only 1cm dilated and I was told again that I wasn't in labour. I have to say I was gutted as I felt that things were happening. Again I was told that I was having gel pains but they gave me another gel the same way as they inserted the other one.

      This time I felt slight burning afterwards and was told this may just be irritation from the gel. It wasn't anything major but uncomfortable. The pains then started to get worse and I just lay in bed crying.

      The nurses as usual pulled my curtains like they did every morning but this morning unlike other days I just wasn't in the mood to see other people. The pains were coming in my back quite regularly and I was in a considerable amount of pain because of it. I felt very confused as I was told I was only having gel pains so I didn't know what was happening to me.

      I got so annoyed I rang my mother to come to the hospital as I was scared and annoyed at getting the pains. The nurse didn't usually let people come in out of visiting hours but they made the exception this time I think because they could see that I was annoyed and upset.

      My mum came and she said she knew straight away that I was in labour but she didn't say to me. The pains were coming stronger and regular when she arrived. She decided to take me out of the ward to try and take my mind off it all so we went for a walk. The seemed to help me loads as I was thinking about other things apart from the pain in my back.

      The problem was that my pains got stronger and I was finding it hard to walk as my back was so sore. So I went back to the ward and got into the bath. This helped loads and worked a dream it more or less took most of the pain out of my back and I was able to relax for an hour.

      I then was examined again and was told that I now was 2cm's dilated so things were starting to move so I would be going to the labour ward. I still was never told that I was in labour but assumed that it was finally starting to happen.

      Once I got to the labour ward I got settled in and was told that they were going to break my waters to speed things along. My pains were coming regular enough by this stage about 3 pains every 10 minutes and gradually getting stronger.

      I took gas and air but to be honest I hated the feeling of it and ended up later getting an epidural. While getting my waters broke I took gas and air and then I was finally told that I was in labour. I met my beautiful daughter roughly 8 hours later.

      I have to say I was glad I was induced as straight after I gave birth, my blood pressure went back to normal. As this was my first child I am not sure if it was more painful than if I wasn't induced. One thing I can say is that the pains came straight away and were sore straight away. The worst thing was that the pains were funny and all in my back. I am not sure if this was because I was induced either.

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        14.10.2009 15:42
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        It didn't work for me

        I gave birth to my daughter towards the end of 2006. I had reached my due date and nothing had happened a few days later, so I was sent to the Ante Natal Clinic to have a membrane sweep, which is similar to an internal examination and can help can help to get labour started. The membrane sweep had no effect, and I was given a date to go into hospital for an induction. The induction was due to start a few days before I reached 42 weeks of pregnancy. When I had been admitted, I was given the first of four Prostaglandin pessaries, and put on a monitor to check the baby's heartbeat.

        The following morning I was given another pessary, and encouraged to walk around and use the birthing ball to encourage labour to start. I had a few very mild contractions, similar to period pain, but nothing more. I also found walking around and trying to go up stairs very tiring. Each time I was given a pessary, I was examined to see if I was dilated, but there was no progress. I was told that I could only have four pessaries and if they could not break my waters, I would have to have a caesarean section. I actually felt quite relieved about this, as I had been dreading the labour itself, a well as the process of induction.

        The next day I was at exactly 42 weeks, and had had the four pessaries. I was examined by a doctor and told that they could not put up the drip (Syntocynon) that would be the next stage of the induction, as I had not dilated at all, so the only option would be a caesarean. It all happened very quickly after that - I was prepared for theatre, had a spinal anaesthetic and my daughter was born soon after.

        I hoped that the induction would work, but for me it was unsuccessful, though this is not the case for other women. I felt that I was well informed, both before and during the induction process, regarding what was going to happen.

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          09.07.2009 21:30
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          Dont belive all you hear - I had a good induction experience!

          Most little girls dream at one time or another of the white wedding, cute little bundle arriving etc etc but very rarely does it turn out how you expect!

          My husband and I had been married about 4 years when we found out I was pregnant. I was over the moon, although suprisingly apprehensive at times (must be the hormones!) During all the time I was pregnant I think I thought Id got everything covered, but not once did I dream I would have to be induced. Id got the whole natural birth planned with a pool and candles (V 60's I know!) Little did I know sometimes these things are out of your control!

          It was at a routine midwife appt (about 36 weeks I think) that it was noted the fundal height hadnt grown as much as theyd have expected. I was duly sent for a scan the next day and was told baby had stopped growing and my amniotic fluid was disappearing (where it was going who knows because I didnt have any 'leaking' despite the MW being adament I should have!)
          We carried on for about another 5 days with regular scans checking baby etc until I was told my fluid levels had gone to low (below 2.8 I think but dont quote me!) and so therefore I had to be induced!

          I was petrified, in fact I remember going to my moms and crying! This wasnt what I had planned and dreamt about! Coupled with this was the scare storys about induced births - the fact theyre longer, more painful etc etc! I rolled up to the hospital the next day at 5pm and after the longest 2 hours of my life they inserted the 1st pessary at 7pm. Not something I would willingly have done but not as uncomfortable or embarrasing as Id imagined.

          Off we went, my husband and I walking around the hospital car park and corridors trying to speed things a long. Nothing to much happening, except the odd twinge and fingers turning blue as it was mid december and freezing! I was told to report back to the clinic at 11pm which I duly did and was examined - being 2cm (thought to myself at this point, this is a breeze whats all the fuss about!) They decided to insert another pessary rather than break my waters and see what happened - off we went again walking round and things were happening, twinges were more regular and deeper but nothing to bad. In fact we sat in teh canteen while my husband ate sausage and chips at 12am!
          When we returned to be checked again about 2am, the MW who examined me decided it would be a good idea to send my husband home. I know in her heart she thought Id be labouring for ages. As this was our first time we trusted her and off he went. I regretted it as soon as he'd disappeared because typically 5 minutes after my contractions really did become intense very quickly.
          To cut a long story short I had a shot of pethidine to ease the pain (although Im sure they wouldnt have given me this if theyd have realised how far gone I was but they didnt do an internal!) then at about 7am pain was unbearable and after ringing for the MW I was sure I was nearly there. SHe obviously thought this couldnt be the case as Id only started the process 12 or so hours ago, hence she tried to get me to sit on a birthing ball and eat toast! Needless to say I refused to do this and not long after my waters broke (although again they didnt beleive me!)
          Roughly about 8am I was nearlly screaming at the MW that I needed to push and she said you cant your husband isnt here! I said I dont care and she ran off to phone him! Then the worst bit of the whole labour, she had to do an internal whilst I was having contractions (not pleasant at all!) and her face was a picture, I'll never forget it! She shouted someone and said 'we need some help in here, we need to get her to delivery!' After asking me if I could walk there (erm I dont think so!) I was pushed round the corridor to the delivery suite where I started pushing and 45 minutes later my gorgeous daughter arrived weighing 6lb 1! My husband made it just in time thankfully!

          In conclusion I just wanted to let people know that I was petrified of having an induced labour because of all the scare stories Id heard but my experience was on the whole a positive one and even though they say most inductions take 2-3 days to work from start to finish I was 14 hours and only in established labour for 6 so please if you have to be induced do not be scared and all the best to you!

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            16.03.2009 14:18
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            I think I was unlucky, but I definitely don't want to go through it again

            I was booked in for an induction when my baby was 2 weeks overdue...

            I was booked in on a Wednesday at 10am and about an hour later a pessary was administered. That night, the contractions started and I couldn't sleep. At about 2am I got up to go to the loo, and can you believe it - what was left of the pessary tablet came out! I immediately informed the midwife on duty, who said they would review the situation in the morning.

            I managed to fall asleep and when I woke up in the morning the contractions had stopped! A second pessary was administered, and this time the contractions started much faster! By evening they were feeling quite strong. I was a little concerned when the midwife on duty told me they would review the situation again in the morning - I thought the baby was coming sooner than that! But after a concoction of baby-safe pain relief I fell asleep, and would you believe it, when I woke up the contractions had stopped again!

            After being examined it was decided that my waters would be broken so off I went to the delivery suite, excited hubby in tow! We were so glad things were finally going to start happening!

            Around 10am the midwife broke my waters, in what I must describe as a rather uncomfortable procedure. I started bleeding heavily. I ran off to the loo and was alarmed to expel a blood clot as big as my fist! I called the midwife, who said it was normal and gave me a sanitary towel. She said I should go for a walk and come back in half an hour.

            So: off hubby and I went! All the while I was bleeding - enough to saturate two sanitary towels - but we were still really excited and in good spirits.
            After half an hour had gone by I returned to the delivery ward. When I reported that there were no contractions to write home about, it was decided that the drip would have to be administered. This is something I was hoping to avoid, but I was happy to go ahead with it to get my little baby out!

            The drip was put in, and the excitement started to fade, when after a number of hours, and the maximum dosage of hormone, there were still no contractions. My midwife was very busy - she said she was busy delivering another baby in the room next door to mine, and when she came into my room I felt quite guilty for taking so long, because she started doing a stock take!

            Eventually I said 'are you sure the waters are broken?' and when she checked, to my dismay she reported that they were in fact still in tact. When she tried to break them the second time it really hurt. She said it was particularly thick and started yanking the instrument back and forth, at which point I started crying. It was really embarrassing, but it was just so sore and felt so wrong.

            The midwife left the room (as did my husband at this point - he was starting to get annoyed and didn't want to make matters worse). I heard her speaking to the senior midwife outside my room door, telling her that I was hysterical and requesting that the senior midwife should break my waters.
            I was upset I must admit but I was far from hysterical, I was really embarrassed that I had cried, and felt really guilty and responsible at this point.

            When the senior midwife came in I felt much better. She was clearly very professional - she held my hand and said she was aware it was an emotional situation but I must just be calm and it will all be over soon. I wanted to tell her about the bleeding, but I felt too guilty because the other midwife was standing there. The senior midwife inserted the instrument and with one painless motion broke my waters. I felt such relief!

            The contractions began to get very intense immediately after that.
            The original midwife disappeared and was replaced with a new midwife and a student. An epidural was administered, which took the edge off the pain immediately and for the first time in days I felt relaxed.

            About an hour after the waters had been broken I started feeling intense pressure. I told the student as the midwife was not with us at this point. She said it was the position the baby was in and that I should change my position - but it didn't help. She said even with an epidural labour is uncomfortable, and I had about 5 hours to go, with 1 cm dialation per hour. She said I should make use of the gas and air.

            Boy was I sucking on the gas and air! I think the epidural must have started to wear off at this time, because I started feeling the contractions again, and the pressure was too intense to ignore. 'I have to push' I told the student midwife, 'I can't feel like this for 5 hours!'. But she told me not to push, that it would damage the cervix. At this point I was terrified. I just thought I seriously couldn't handle that for another 5 hours. The student said they would refill the epidural as soon as the midwife came in.

            I was so happy to see the midwife not long after that. She asked rather amusedly why I was using the gas and air when I had an epidural in, to which the student responded 'she is feeling some pressure'. When the midwife examined me at this point I saw her turn pale - baby was on his way.

            It was too late for an epidural top up so from this point onwards it was extremely painful and uncomfortable.

            Thankfully my little angel was out within 20 mins from that moment, and it was all worth it. I say my 'little' angel, but he was far from little at a healthy 4.3 kilos.

            In conclusion: I don't see myself having any more children after that. I know I was unlucky and it can be easier I am sure but it was all just a bit too traumatic for me. The after effects were just as bad if not worse, as I suffered pretty severe wounds. I still wonder why I bled so much when my waters were no broken the first time, and it does worry me.

            I hope that I change my mind in the future, because I always wanted two children, and I am really sorry if my story scares any moms-to-be. My advice would be (in retrospect) to speak up, and not feel guilty or bad about anything, and to demand good care.

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              25.02.2009 09:17
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              would be happy to be induced again

              I never gave much thought to the possibility of been induced but then I was in complete denial that I would even go into labour.

              I was found to have a rare blood condition through the routine blood tests during my pregnancy and although it doesn't really have any impact on me it can cause anaemia in my baby. This meant I had to have regular consultant scans to check how his brain was developing.

              When I was 39 weeks I went for what I assumed would be my last scan and my son seemed fine but the consultant was recommending that I was induced. I then saw my own consultant who decided I would be induced the next day. Now if there is one thing that makes you realise you are going to go into labour it is having an induction date.

              I am sure I would have been packing my hospital bag when I was in labour if I had not been given a date for my induction. That day I had to nip over to Mothercare to purchase some nursing bras, pack the hospital bag for me and my son and unpack the Moses basket, baby bath and other necessary items. I knew we would have to stay in few days at least so knew I had to pack for a few days but as he was my first was in a bit of a panic I would forget something really important.

              The day of my induction I went out for a meal with my husband at a pub we had been a few times .When the barmaid asked me when I was due she laughed when I said about 4.30pm. I went home and wanted a rest as I was expecting to be really tired but my mind was racing.

              I got to the hospital at 4.30pm and there were another two women on the assessment ward admitted at the same time due to be induced. We were separated by a curtain.

              I was admitted as normal; they gave me a wrist band and a red allergy band as I am allergic to kittens. I found this embarrassing but I was told if I had any allergy it is a sign that I could be more sensitive to medication. There were additional requirements as I had to have cross matched blood on stand by; they had to make arrangements for what would happen when my son was born. I was told at outpatients that there would be a doctor present when I delivered but I think none of this was ever arranged.

              I was put on a monitor which was supposed to be for 30 minutes but my son decided to have a rest while been monitored so they didn't get all the readings they needed so we had a another go. When monitoring you get two straps wrapped around your tummy and one measures the baby's heart rate and the other measures contractions. The heart monitor is connected to the nurses' station on the delivery suite so if the heart rate drops or is lost they are alerted. This can just be simply that the baby has moved. I found listening to his heartbeat very relaxing.

              By the time I was taken off the monitor I was feeling very nauseous, due to the morning sickness I suffered all through my pregnancy and the midwife was trying to convince me to take an anti emetic as I was going to need my strength for labour but by that point when I feel sick I want to be sick so when I was given half an hour to walk around I spent 20 minutes in the toilet been sick. Then I went for a waddle down the corridor.

              When I came back I had to wait to be examined by the doctor. The doctor checked out how I and my baby had been .checked the readings and unsurprisingly I wasn't in labour. He explained that I would be given a pessary which would soften the cervix in preparation for labour. I would be examined 6 hours later and then they would decide whether to break my waters or wait till the following morning.

              I was examined internally and it was extremely painful. I was shocked by this I wasn't expecting it. I had to clench my teeth to get through it. The doctor told me I was 0 cm dilated but inserted the pessary and then I was hooked back up to the monitor.

              One of the many things I didn't realise about been induced is that it can affect the baby so I had to be monitored regularly. I was not expecting anything to happen that night so told my husband that if after I was examined at 12.10 am (which was my 6 hours) and they weren't going to break my waters then he should go home and get some sleep. I wasn't really expecting anything to happen that night.

              At 10 pm I went to the toilet .lay back on the bed and lay down and then 2 minutes later I needed the toilet again. I just thought it must be the position my baby was in. I felt a little pop inside me and as I had been in denial of labour and only read up about the drugs I didn't realise that it was my water breaking.

              I stood up and then water gushed all over the floor. I can only describe it as similar to the lady who wee's everywhere in little Britain.

              I told the nurses when they came in thought my waters had broken and she asked me what it was like was the water clear and stood me up to put a mat under me. I once again stood there pouring with water.

              As soon as my waters broke I went into agonising contractions. I was offered paracetamol and codeine but I refused thinking if this is the start I am going to run out of drugs if I started now.

              Every contraction was so painful I was moaning so much I got moved down to the delivery suite which meant I had more privacy. I was in a consultant led room which I was due to blood condition but due to the need for constant monitoring all induced women am on consultant led rooms

              . I was asked to do a urine sample on the way down. I had three contractions in the toilet and grabbed the emergency cord by accident during one contraction. They were at the door asking of I was ok and I couldn't stand up and cancel as I was in too much pain. I managed to get a pan full of water but had no idea if it was my waters or urine

              I met the midwife who would deliver my son. She offered me gas and Air as soon as I got in and I took it gladly. Now to be honest I am not sure it did anything but gave me something to focus on during a contraction.

              I was put back on the monitor but the difficulty I had was that I had a compulsion to sit up each time I had a contraction which meant that they couldn't see how they were affecting my baby.

              I did at one point ask for a clean pair of pants but the midwife explained it wasn't necessary as I would be delivering my baby before I left the room.

              I was very quiet during the labour as I was just focused on the contractions and I didn't have the energy to do anything else.

              At 11.50 I was having a desperate urge to push and the midwife who was with me went to ask the doctors if they could examine me and they said no. Then the sister came in the room when I was in the middle of a contraction and decided she was going to examine me and said to my midwife, quick get a delivery pack.

              Twenty minutes later my beautiful boy was born onto my stomach.

              I have heard a few people say they are against induction but not sure of there reasons. The only thing I wish I had know was that it could happened so quickly from start to birth was only 2hours and 20 minutes so I thought I was coping much worse than I actually was.
              I also think I should have been warned that the internal examination was going to be painful.
              I had a very positive experience of been induced. If I ever had another baby I would be induced again and would not be concerned about this happening.

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                20.11.2008 13:47
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                Could cause you to have a quick but painful experience

                I had to be induced at 39 weeks; due to a pregnancy condition called Obstetric Cholestasis (I have already written a review on this).

                On the day they were set to induce me I just felt sick, I was due to go in at 1pm and was really worried, I'd not really been given any information about what they would do to me, so I didn't know what to expect.

                We arrived at the hospital on time and were shown to a bed. The ward staff were very busy but they said someone would be along to see me soon... I think someone came at about 3pm. They put me on a CTG monitor because they needed to see what the baby was up to before they started any procedures. Unfortunately the baby's heart rate was really quite high, way above the maximum "normal" level of 150, so I was strapped to this monitor for about 2 hours until the baby calmed down. I blame the full box of sweets I had eaten while I was waiting to be seen...

                Anyway, things settled down and a Doctor came to see me who did an internal examination and gave me a stretch and a sweep, what ever that is, which was very uncomfortable and not very enjoyable! He said I was 'favourable' but the baby still needed to calm down, so I was put back on the CTG for another hour.

                Later, once the baby had settled, a midwife came and inserted a pessary to get my labour going but warned me that because they were inducing me before my due date, it has a low success rate of working and they may have to try again in 6 hours, and again in another 6 hours, and if that doesn't work, repeat the process the next day. So I prepared myself for the worst and settled down for the long haul. I was still strapped to the monitor so I had to stay sitting up in bed because every time I moved, the monitor slipped and I couldn't hear the baby.

                Fortunately for me I started getting quite strong contractions about 3 hours later, and they were coming very regularly. The chart that was coming out of the CTG monitor showed that my uterus was contracting at regular intervals and that I was in labour! At this point I was on my own as my husband had to leave earlier on (visiting hours were over) and it was the middle of the night. I was sharing a ward with 4 other women so I was trying my best to keep quiet as each contraction came so I didn't disturb their sleep! But this was quite difficult and I'm sure the puffing and panting coming from behind my curtain must have woken them all up. Fortunately after a few hours of this, the midwife examined me and said I was 5cm dilated and could be taken up to the labour ward - phew! They also contacted my husband who came rushing back. It was now 1am and I had been in labour for 4 hours.

                In the delivery room I was asked to lie on the bed where they had to put me back on the monitor to keep track of the baby (due to potential complications because of my condition). So this didn't allow me to get into a comfortable position because every time I moved the monitor would slip and the baby's heart rate would disappear, so I had to stay laid on my back, which was not really a favourable position for me (with my first born I was on my hands and knees - but this was not an option this time round).

                Anyway, the midwife broke my waters (with a big stick my husband tells me!!!!), and my labour progressed quite quickly and I was ready to push about an hour later. The midwife was very keen for me to push the baby out quickly as she wanted her out to ensure sure she was okay. I was not up for this as it had all been really intense and painful so far (no pain relief), and I really did not want to push, but obviously I didn't have a choice!

                So after some extremely hard and painful pushing, (while holding my legs behind my head practically) and lots of screaming, 20 minutes later my baby girl was born; and she was fine. And it was all over, thank the lord...

                I'm not sure whether being induced caused me to have a quick labour and delivery, or whether that's the way it happens with me (my first was pretty quick too and I wasn't induced). But I blame the intenseness & and sheer painfulness of it on the induction, it left me traumatised for quite a few days afterwards, and I have vowed never to have anymore children...

                Well, that's my story, thanks for reading.

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                  Not a natural way of having a bay but not all of your pregnancy hopes work out!

                  My baby was born by emergency c-section 11 days late.
                  I was given a sweep (where the midwife puts her finger inside of you and separates the sac membrane from you womb, supposedly helping to bring on the labour process a little more naturally than drugs) but it didnt work for me (that i know of as i was induced the day after and sweeps can, apparently, take a day or two to kick in). After the sweep i was in a little bit of pain and lost a little blood. i was told to go home have a nice long warm bath and just relax, so i did which helped with the pain but didnt help bring labour on.

                  The day after i was booked into hospital for and induction, i was given a pessary and the next morning i was experiencing a few mild contractions but later on i was given another pessary which brought the contraction on ALOT! In a small amount of time i was experiencing VERY strong contraction every 2 mins and they were lasting around 30 seconds. In my opinion i don't believe i should have been given the second pessary as i was already experiencing contractions! But anyway they know best i suppose.

                  I did wish i could have started and ended the labour process naturally but after 9 month + 11 days of waiting i just wanted to meet my new baby!!! I ended up having an emergency c-section on the 15th of june 2008 (father's day!), i had a gorgeous little boy who is called Joshua, he weighed 7lb 12oz and was born at 5.40pm!

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                    It definaely worked but i was in agony i would try something different than the gel.

                    I was induced at 36 weeks due to me having twins but on my scan they had noticed twin 2 had stopped gaining weight and was really falling behind so it was my only otion if i wanted a natural delivery. My induction seemed very fast although i did find it very painful, there are many ways you can be induced but i had the gel. the midwife came to me around midnight and said what she was going to do. Putting the gel in felt fine it was just uncomforable but no more than you would expect. However as soon as the gel kicked in i was in agony. Iwas told though that some women experience no pain whatsoever so i guess i must have been one of the unlucky ones. I was pacing the corridors in agony and trying to lay anyway possible where it would relieve it but after 4 hours of this and some pain killers the midwife decided to let me have an injection of pethedine to help me get some rest before the delivery. the pethodine sent me to sleep and when i woke the pains from the gel werent there but my contractions were starting. I was given some more gel at around 9 am and i had my girls by 3.37 and 3.44. If i was to be induced again i would probably try a different way but if it was the only option i would have the gel just makes sure you ask for pain relief.

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                    I would avoid induction unless absolutely necessary

                    There are several different ways you can be induced. I went through two of these ways before I could give birth to my beautiful little girl.

                    Firstly because I was 9 days overdue I was told I had the option of having a membrane sweep. This is a simple procedure where a midwife or doctor will sweep with there finger at the membrane inside which can help speed things along. When my midwife went to perform this on me she found initially on examination that I was already 3cms dilated. I didn't even know I was already dilating and she reckoned it had perhaps been happening slowly over a few days, so when she did the membrane sweep she said following that I became 4cms dilated. The procedure wasn't painful but just a little uncomfortable. This procedure doesn't always work, but for me it worked instantly and within an hour I was experiencing strong contractions that were just 5 minutes apart.

                    Because the contractions came on so suddenly and I didn't get chance to get used to them gradually it was quite a shock to the system and I tired very quickly. In fact I got so tired that when the contractions got to 1 minute apart I was struggling to cope and as I was so tired my body reacted by slowing the contractions back down and weakening them and overtime they went back to about 15 minutes apart. This was a bad thing as I was unable to push my baby out as the contractions were so weak so I didn't have the urge to push.

                    It was decided I would need to go on a drip that has a fluid in that once again induces and speeds things up. This worked and was very effective, although it speeds the contractions up so fast and they became so strong that they were very painful and hard to cope with.

                    Unfortunately for me I need to have an assisted delivery in the end due to me being so tired and my baby being in distress. I feel that if I had not been induced and that things had begun naturally I would of not needed an assisted delivery. I think it was just simply that when you are induced you don't get time to get used to the contractions slowly and they can be more painful when you are induced and this in turn tires you out quicker.

                    Given the option next time I would opt to wait a little longer and see if my baby would arrive naturally as opposed to having a membrane sweep. Despite all of this though I would go through labour again. The experience certainly hasn't put me off having another child.

                    Thanks for reading this,
                    Sarah

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                      10.02.2006 20:45
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                      women should be more informed of induction complications and maybe encouraged to wait.

                      i have applied to become a student midwive for sept 2006, and in doing so have researched many many aspects surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

                      my personal experience of being induced is that it made my labour very long, very painful and ended in a assisted ventouse delivery, epsiotomy and fetal distress. My labour was a total of 37 hours long! and the contractions were extremely painful and relentless, with no natural pause between them at all. it made me exhausted, feel out of control and i feel resulted in intervention being needed to deliver my baby.

                      through my research i can support the fact that what i experienced is the overwhelming normal for induced labour. it increases the pain of contractions, the length, intensity and frequency. it often leads to a very long labour. and it increases the risk of needing medical intervention. 78% of women who experienced an induction would prefer not to do so again (mayes midwifery textbook, page 618)

                      in contrast to my second birth which was natural. i can safely say thats the way to go! much shorter, breaks between contractions and no interventions.

                      i think health professionals should do more to encourage natural labour to occur before resorting to induction. including all the old wives tales of walking, curries, sex ect. but also medical procedures such as the sweeping of the membranes. i also think parents should be informed more throughly of the problems associated with induction and given the option to wait it out for longer with close observation.

                      there are obviously exceptions to the rule, for some it may benefit the health of the baby as their are risks of a baby dying if left for too long postdue. but i think this risk is often a scare tactic, the percentages of this happening are extremely small. with careful monitoring to check on baby's health i believe that many inductions could be avoided and natural labour would occur.

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                        • "It's not natural"

                        My eldest child arrived naturally, bang on her due date after 33 hours of labour, by the end I was totaly exhausted and memories of her birth are very vague. She weighed in at 8lb 5oz, and I only had a few stitches as they had given me an episiotomy.
                        When I was expecting my next child, I fully expected her to be on time or even early, as first babies are usually the latest. However, she had very different ideas! My due date of the 22nd December went and I was booked into a hospital 15miles away for a New years eve induction. Although I was disappointed that I couldn't have my baby at the midwife run unit, I was also relieved that the end was in sight. It also meant I could easily arrange for my parents to look after my other daughter.

                        I arrived at the hospital at 8:30, where they tested my urine, put me on a monitor and finally inserted the pessary through my vagina, to the cervix. This is quite uncomfortable, but tolerable. Just try to relax. [Easier said than done, I know!]At last this was it! I sat and waited all day [my husband had gone to work] to no avail. At 8:00 that evening I needed to go to the toilet to open my bowels, and the pessary fell out! It hadn't been inserted properly!
                        I trotted off to the ward where they inserted another lot. I was on a monitor again for about an hour, then almost immediatley the pains started. I chatted to the woman opposite for a while, then at about 11pm I went for a hot bath. All my pain seemed to be in my back, bottom and thighs with just period type pain in my stomach. I was in the bath for nearly 3 hours! Everytime I got out the pain intensified so much I jumped back in.

                        I eventually got out at about 2am, and asked the midwife for some pain relief and if I could ring my husband, she said it was too soon for both.
                        By 3:00 I convinced her to take me to the labour ward and my husband arrived straight after. I had gas and air which helped a bit.

                        At 6:00am I was in a lot of pain and wanted to be in a delivery room, but the new midwife wouldn't believe I was close to giving birth, so she left me on the ward. By 6:30 the pain was so bad that I felt I was loosing control. This time when I called the midwife in she was very cross, and told me I still had hours left. I knew I didn't but she just dismissed everything I was saying and went, saying she had "ladies properly in labour" to deal with.

                        30 seconds after I started pushing and another midwife came running. She kept appologising and within 6 pushes my daughter was born, still in the amniotic sac. Unfortunatley her airways were blocked, and as I wasn't in a delivery room there was no equipment to clear them, so the cord was unceremoniosly cut and she was whisked off before I even knew what she was. Thankfully she is now a bright,healthy 9year old. She weighed 9lb 6oz, and I had a third degree tear as they'd had no equipment to perform an episiotomy with.

                        9 years later and 11 days overdue with my third child I am booked in for another induction at the same hospital. I cried all night! On the morning I was due in I rang the hospital and they informed me there were no beds available on the ante-natal ward and they'd ring me when some of the ladies were ready for the labour ward. The phone call came at 2pm.
                        I was taken to a bed and given urine and blood tests. I was then told that they couldn't induce me yet as the ladies who'd been moved onto the labour ward hadn't given birth yet!
                        At 7:00 they told me they couldn't induce me until tomorrow as the ladies on the labour ward had still not obliged. I could either stay at the hospital and keep my bed or go home and be at the back of the line again the next day. I decided to stay and keep my "place"

                        At 6:00am they came round and popped me on the monitor for 1/2hr, then they put a pessary in and put me back on the monitor for another hour. By 8:00 I had my first contraction, my husband arrived at 9:30, and I had a bath until 11:30. This time I had pains in my tummy and my right leg.
                        Once out the bath they bought me some gas and air which really helped. At 2:00pm I felt I really needed to go to the delivery suite but the midwife said I wasn't ready. I told her what happened last time and she got a second opinion. Luckily this midwife was more experienced and took me up to the delivery suite where another midwife took over. She also thought I had a couple of hours left - I knew otherwise but didn't worry too much as I was in the delivery suite. At 2:45 my son was born weighing 8lb 15oz. All was well with him but I had another 3rd degree tear as she still hadn't been prepared enough for an episiotomy.

                        In some ways an induced labour was easier, you know when you're going into hospital so arrangements for other children are easier to make, your Husband can book the time off work and it tends to be quicker. You also don't have to sit at home wondering if its time to go to the hospital yet. The downside is that labour tends to be more intense, it can be very quick, some people go from 3cm to 10 within minutes, it's not natural and there is a higher rate of intervention with induced labours. Also your stay in hospital beforehand can be longer, you are monitored more often which restricts your movement and your birth partner may not be with you until later on. You can also feel as though you are on a conveyor belt!

                        Being induced is not the worst thing in the world but I wouldn't choose it over going into labour naturally.

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                          28.09.2004 23:55
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                          I had to be induced with my first baby due to warning signs for pre-eclampsia. Luckily she was already full term, and I had started to dilate.

                          I was admitted to hospital after protein was found in my urine, and my blood pressure was high. As I had already dilated 2cm the induction began with my waters being broken. This was a painless procedure, if a little wet! After that I was left for a while to see if contractions would begin - I could walk around during this time.

                          The contractions at this stage were only weak. I was then hooked up to a monitor, and it was decided to administer syntocinon by drip to get things moving. This meant that I was now being continuously monitored, so had to stay on the bed. I was offered an epidural, but refused sticking to gas and air. What I will say is that the contractions were very painful, and at the time I didn't realise that they can be more intense when induced this way. By the time I finally decided on an epidural it was too late! The pain was certainly worse than with my 2nd labour - which was spontaneous. I think also because the induction was fast that I didn't have time to adjust to the pain. Anyway if you are being induced, consider your pain relief options carefully.

                          I also felt a little out of control, but realised that mine and my baby's health were being put first. I found it useful to have a birthplan, even if the midwife could not follow it all at least she did refer to it, and I think that helps you to feel a bit in control of the situation.

                          Thankfully my baby girl was born ok, despite there being meconium in the water. And the whole process only took 4 hours start to finish.



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                            I suffered from boarderline pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy, this meant alot of medical checks, stays in hospital for days at a time and some unpleasent symtoms, so, when I went into hospital for a check up and was told my pre-eclampsia was no longer boarderline, but full blown pre-eclampsia, I was actually quite relieved to be offered induction. The thought that my baby would be with me so soon both excited and scared me but I was all set to go ahead, I wanted to met the baby I had been carrying. So, I was 38 weeks pregnant and huge, I walked to the ante-natal ward where a midwife handed me a sheet which explained how my induction would be done. The midwife would insert a gel into my vagina which would then soften my cervix and make it begin to dilate. I was warned that I may need several doses of the gel before anything would happen and it was unlikly that I would be in established labour for some time, I didnt worry, I was too excited. Two midwives ebtered my cubical, one examined me whilst the other took notes, they recorded information about my cervix before they used any gel, giving scores to different factors, they then added up the scores to decide which doseage of gel I would need, I was nowhere near going into labour so the higher dose was given. I was amazed when literally within 10 minutes of the gel being inserted I started to get a burning pain down below, I had been told I had to lay down for an hour after the gel was put in to stop it coming straight out and give it a chance to start working. I rang my bell and asked if the burning was normal, I was assured it was and that it just meant that the gel was working. I soon began to get cramping period pains and when my hour of laying down was up I started to walk around to try and ease the pain, I could tell the gel was working well and called my mum because I was scared I would have the baby and she wouldnt be there. Six hours after I was induce my mother and I were sitting
                            in my cubical and I was in so much pain that I could barely stand, my mum and step-dad were rubbing my back and I kept trying to get into different positions to try and ease the pain a bit. A midwife came in and said they could give me another dose of gel if I wanted, although I was in so much pain I was keen to have my baby so I said I would have some more, she asked how much pain I was in, I told her it was agonizing and she said "are you sure? If you really in that much pain we cant give you any more gel" So, I said the pain was bearable and I was again examined and this time I was given the lower dose of gel. Within 20 minutes I felt awful, I first tried having a bath but the water anoyed me, I had a tens machine and went for a walk but it didnt seem to help much. Eventually I was allowed gas and air. I was examined and only 2cm dilated, not enough to go to the delivery suite but the midwife could tell how difficult I was finding it and took me to a private room on the ward. I had been keen to have an active labour but eventually I was laying on the bed with my gas and air feeling dizzy from the pain, I found it too painful to be examined and the doctors were called in, they decided to send me to the delivery suite where I had pethedine and it relaxed me alot, I felt I could cope a little better but after 16 hours of being in labour my babys heart rate was dropping and blood tests were done on him whilst he was still inside me, the confirmed he was distresses and the doctors suggested I had an epiduaral. I wasnt keen to do this but I was told I would be given a mobile epidural so I could still move but they also told me that there was a chance I would need a ceaserean section and if I didnt have an epidurl they would need to put me to sleep for the operation, so I agreed. As I progressed my baby was getting more and more distredded and after 17 1/2 agonizing hours of labour I was rushed for an emergency ceasearen. It turned out my ba
                            by had his cord around his neck. When I was on the post natal ward a midwife came to talk to me because I had such a traumatic labour she said that being induced made my labour more painful and it does for most women, I was angry I hadnt been warned this before. In my case the induction was really necessary but I would have liked to have been given more information before hand, and although it wasnt being induced that made my labour end with an emergency delivery, it was being induced that had me in so much pain from begining to end, so I would say that unless there are medical reasons that make induction completly necesary, dont do it! The pain is not worth it just because you are getting fed up of being pregant. I know I will never be induced again unless its 100% necessary. I have given induction a neutral rating because there are times when it is good because it can save your life or your babies but as you have seen it can be really awful. I have put that I would not reccomend to a friend as I would only reccomend it if it was completly necessary for medical reasons.

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                              It was Thursday 20th February 1992 at 8am in the morning when I entered the maternity ward to be induced with my first and as yet only child. I was almost two weeks late and because of this they decided to induce me. I was taken in to a delivery room and after an hour's wait a doctor (a tiny Chinese guy, the significance will become obvious later in the day) arrived to break my water and start labour. They then put me on a drug, which thanks to my amnesia (see previous review) I cant remember what it was called but it was something like syntometrin. As in the title what they don't tell you is that an inducted labour is totally different from a 'normal' delivery. I began contracting, which were every other minute lasting a minute, non of this have a minor contraction, watch Tv, read book make lunch and in about 15 minutes you will have another and as they get stronger and closer together you can make your way to the hospital. I had made a birth plan, I suggest you don't be too stringent with this as things cannot always be possible. I would have like a water birth but because I was on a drip this was not possible as it was plugged in on one wall and the bath was at the other side of the room. But the one thing I had insisted on was that I did not want pethidine as once it is in your system you can't get it out and can give you the feeling of being drunk and can affect the baby. So I asked for gas and air (entonox) as I had been in labour for 4hrs and was not getting anywhere fast. I had dilated 2cms. They refused, stating that at the rate I was dilating I would be in labour for another 16hrs and I would go through that much gas and air they would have to pull me off the ceiling to delivery the baby. I then asked for Tens and was told there were only two, one was in use and the other was not working. By this time I was tired, in pain and thinking this would never end. I then as
                              ked for what was my last option, an epidural. Which I had at 7.30pm. As I lay on my side I kept getting the shakes and the doctor kept telling me to keep still but I couldn't, it must have been the needle in my spine stimulating my nerves. After it was completed they spray something on both legs and they ask you what you can feel. My right I felt nothing but my left felt cold. They then topped up the epidural and had me lie on my left side to see if would drain across which it didn't, but the pain was reduced enough for me to cope and in the end it helped as I knew when to push. That is one of the biggest disadvantages, if you don't know when to push you can end up having a forceps delivery. As to what happened next no-one is sure but by 9.00pm I was ready to delivery, they think that after the epidural I relaxed and dilated very fast. My son was delivered at 9.15pm and was fine. It then came to the delivery of the placenta. When it came out it was torn and they couldn't decide if the tear joined or if a piece was missing. So they decided to do an evacuation. Which is where they go in manually (with hands) while I'm still fully dilated. So the doctor was sent for. When to door opened all light from the corridor was blocked out and the biggest man I have ever seen with the biggest hands. My first comment was "where is that little Chinese guy"?, but obviously being 13 hrs later he had gone home. They did find another piece and removed it. I have to say that looking back now I don't think I had to bad a labour but that is not what the nurses thought they said it was bad, but being my first child I hadn't experienced it before. It just that they don't tell you that an induced labour is very different. If there are any advantages, they are that you can plan. i knew that if i didn't go into labour before i would have my child on Thursday and could get things sorted. <
                              br> I also have to say for anyone reading this that has not delivered a child if it was THAT bad would we not all be only children. No-one would be daft enough to do it twice. thanks for reading

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                                • "Restrictive on movements in labour"

                                I have been induced twice unfortunately! The 1st time I knew nothing and did as i was told. I was induced at just 7 days over, which is way too soon. As a result I had the works, pessaries, arm (waters broken) and the dreaded drip. I was pestered by the midwives and consultant as I refused an epidural (no way would i ever have one of those) and they bleieved I should ahve one. When you have all methods of inductio nyou are restricted to the bed, monitored and contractions are strong and frequent from the outset. This means there is no time for your natural endorphins to kick and therefore making induction feel more painful. Luckily I managed on gas and air (mm nice) and pethidine (mm puke!) and Tyler was safe. I was lucky, induction can lead to overstimulation of the uterus (which is why those who have had a caesarian must never be induced as this can lead to a ruptered uterus) and causes more distress to the baby and you. The last time I knew of the risks and tried everythin i could to get labour going! Tonnes of sex, homeopathy, curry (never use castor oil though, this will just give you diahorrea and can cause baby to poo too) I am obviously meant to have late babies. I help out until 15 days and then had pessaries. This time i muct have been on the edge as after a 90 minute labour Dillon was born. No time to fill the pool! Despite some intervention i still enjoyed my labour this time, must be mad! My theory is we are designed to give birth so if everything is fine just go with the flow! The more they interfere the more they need to intervene, induction of leads to c-sections due to failure to progress. You don't have to do what you are told to. There are tests to check baby is still ok, dates maybe wrong too. Go with your instincts and that goes for when baby has arrived too!

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