Induction ~ not a debate

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I went to the doctor yesterday (Friday). Apparently my cervix hasn't softened and is only a centimeter dilated, even though my daughter is due the 10th of this month. She's ready and healthy but I've noticed her heart rate has been dropping the last few visits, so I'm a bit worried about her. I've also been struggling with depression and so my doctor decided that since Julie wasn't making much more progress and I was only getting worse emotionally, we're going in Wednesday morning, the 5th, to induce labor.

So our baby girl will be born on January 5th, five days early :) Wish us luck!


Tara - posted on 01/01/2011




I know this is not a debate, and I do wish you good luck, not because that is what is expected of me, but because I believe you will need it.

If you have a birthing plan, if you want to birth as naturally as possible, if you want/don't want an epidural, if you don't want to have an episiotomy, if you want/don't want pain meds, being able to walk around, not having/or having monitors on you etc. etc. be prepared of the real possibility of losing any control over your labour and delivery. I hope that you have a reasonable doctor who will allow you the time your body will need to agree to a labour it's not yet ready for. Inductions for the most part work against nature. The fact your cervix isn't ripe is one indicator that your body isn't ready, not saying you are not, or it's not the best thing etc. a baby's heart rate naturally starts to slow as it gets closer to being "done in the oven". So again, it's not a debate, and I"m sure you know all the pros and cons, just be as strong as you would otherwise and ask that you still be consulted and informed of all decisions regarding this procedure.

:)Good Luck and look forward to finding out how it went!

edited to add:

I had depression both during and after the birth of my 4th, I don't disagree with your decision to induce, I just want you to still feel that you can have control over your delivery, despite being medically induced, hope the depression is relieved by birth, enjoy yourself and good luck again.

Mrs. - posted on 01/01/2011




My PPD really seemed to start before the birth. I just didn't realize it because, aside from my eating disorder issues, I never really had real depression. I just want to say that you are so ahead of the ball on this one. You will not be blind sided by feelings you don't understand and your docs/you have a plan for after the birth to keep you coping. That is being a smart patient and your daughter will benefit from it.

Whatever happens, keep working with your docs and your desires and you'll do wonderfully. Everybody is different, if induction is the right choice for you and your docs...then I wouldn't think beyond that. Wondering what might be always makes my depression worse.

So no worries, do what is right for you. Sounds like you have a terrific handle on things.


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Beautiful name! In our family it is always a tradition to name a new baby after someone who has passed, or in honor of someone special. I am sure your great grandpa was so happy to learn that a new baby will be named in his honor before before he passed.

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Aww, thank you so much Katherine :D

Also, I just remembered. I've tried a ton of things to naturally induce labor or to at least make sure Julie comes on time. Nothing's worked xD

Like I said, I kind of hope she comes on her own before Wednesday, but at least she'll be here. That's all that matters :)

Katherine - posted on 01/01/2011




I love that name. Beautiful.
Good Luck.
I hope everything goes well, only 4 days!

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Thank you everyone for the well-wishes and great advice!

I'm not too worried about the induction, though. I know all about the possibility that I won't be able to convey what I want done, but that's what lists and my husband are for :) Plus I've stressed a bunch to my doctor that I want nothing to do with a c-section, and she seems confident I won't need one anyway. They're giving us the entire day to work through this, from 5 am to the baby's birth, so I'm pretty confident things will work out.

My doctor is also a pretty awesome doctor and very caring and understanding. She came into the office while on maternity leave just to talk to me about this! So I feel very confident in her abilities and know that she won't do anything without consulting me or my husband first.

As for the depression, it's been an issue for me for a long time, long before I got pregnant. The hormones are just making it worse, and I know I'll have PPD. But my doctor knows I don't want any medication and that all I want is counseling, for which she has to give me a referral and is more than happy to do so. Besides, I want to breastfeed and I don't care what anyone says, I won't be taking anything but tylenol until my baby's weaned.

Speaking of whom, our daughter's name is Juliana Raine Young :D named after my late great grandfather, Julius, who passed away in August. We had decided on the name before he passed, so he knew about it, just not that we were actually having a girl. (We didn't find out until October.)

Again, thank you for the prayers and such. I'm kind of hoping Julie will come on her own before Wednesday, but at least if she doesn't we won't be waiting for too long. I will keep everyone posted!

Bonnie - posted on 01/01/2011




I was induced 2.5 weeks before my due date with my second child. I was given pitocin and 4.5 hours later I had my second baby boy. I had a good experience overall. I think it depends on the person and the birth. You will hear good and bad stories, but you gotta do what is best for your baby and go with the flow.

Shauna - posted on 01/01/2011




Good Luck, you will never forget the most precious moments as your child makes her first appearance into this world, its something you will always cherish.

But i also would like to add, i was induced 1 week early and i ended in a c-section as well. I keep telling myself i wish i wouldnt of been induced. Its tough work, contractions come much harder and stronger when your induced by a chemical.

But dont feel bad about being induced, i heard stories as well but still did the induction for my own, my advice is just practice your deep breathing skills, to work through the pain and picture that beautiful baby after all your hard work!

April - posted on 01/01/2011




I am with Tara on this and believe you will need a lot of luck!! As Tara stated, inductions go against nature plus your cervix isn't ripe yet, so it worries me that you might become another c-section statistic.

My story: I was induced 7 days before my due date. I was also 1 cm. I never progressed from there. They did the works...pictocin, cervidil...and i did not get the vaginal birth I wanted.

However...all that matters is what you want and that you are confident in your decision!! Good luck!!!!!! Let us know how it went!!!!! :)

Mary - posted on 01/01/2011




Best of luck for a beautiful birth!

I was induced, and had an absolutely PERFECT delivery; I wish the very same for you and your daughter =)

Sara - posted on 01/01/2011




Good luck! I was induced with my daughter and it wasn't that bad! I'm sure it will all work out ok!!!

Nikki - posted on 01/01/2011




Good luck Jaime, from my understanding it is normal for your babies heartbeat to gradually decrease during the term of your pregnancy, so I wouldn't stress about it unless your doctor has a problem with it. I had pre natal depression with my pregnancy, I know it can be a struggle, but try and keep as positive as you can, relax and take some time for yourself to sleep. Have you tried any natural induction methods, like walking, raspberry leaf tea, sex, using a breast pump?

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Good luck Jaime fingers crossed everything goes great for you and your daughter, update us when you can :-)

Johnny - posted on 01/01/2011




Best of luck Jamie. I hope you have a smooth & relatively quick birth. If the depression doesn't wane, don't wait too long to tell your doctor. The sooner they can help you the better.

Rosie - posted on 01/01/2011




good luck jamie, and as someone who's suffered with depression during and after pregnancy i HIGHLY recommend making sure people are aware of how you are feeling, and consider taking medication it helped me immensely! do you know what you are naming her yet?

Bonnie - posted on 01/01/2011




Good luck Jamie! Hope things go smoothly for you and that you have a quick recovery:-)

Krista - posted on 01/01/2011




Good luck, Jaime! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you go into labour prior to your induction, or if not, that the induction goes very smoothly!

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All the very best you for a smooth sailing delivery :-) Over the next few days, you have a chance to read and learn all you can about inductions. the meantime, have a lot of sex and hopefully baby girl will come on her own ;-) Congratulations and update when you can!

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