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    Default Fast first labour - offered induction this time.

    I am pro-natural birth but geez I am tempted by this!

    My first labour was 3.5 hours from start to finish. I went into spontaneous labour at 38+6.

    I (and my obstetrician) are worried about an even faster labour this time. I live ~40 minutes from the hospital (in peak hour is ~1 hr) and would have a toddler to drop off on the way. If my hubby is at work (which is likely if I start labour about the same gestation again) I'd have to call an ambulance.

    My obstetrician has suggested we can think about inducing me around 38ish weeks to avoid the possibility of giving birth on the side of the highway haha.

    Although I am not too concerned about maybe not making it to the hospital, it sure sounds nice to have a planned induction ... be able to get a good night's sleep before calmly heading into the hospital, pre-arranged babysitting for my son and time off work arranged for hubby.

    I would prefer to avoid a drip/CTG circus so I wonder if I could just ask them to break my waters if my cervix is favourable and see what happens....?

    Any thoughts/advice/similar experience?

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    Yeah and have a baby at 38 weeks, possibly 36 weeks gestation? Hmm pass! What about focusing on changing your support so that they meet you at the hospital to collect DS?

    Also, don't focus on what your first labour/pregnancy was like, every labour/pregnancy is different

    On that note it might be a good idea to have a basket around the house with things for an emergency childbirth, towels, towels and more towels, something to drink...bowl for placenta..hmm I have to go but I'll be back.

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    Personally I wouldn't but I had an awful experience being induced. If you ask them to break your waters then you'll immediately be put on the clock and if things don't happen within a certain time frame you'll be given syntocin.

    Induced labour with syntocin, for many woman, is very different to a spontaneous labour. Your body was obviously ready to give birth with your first but may not be ready with this baby and things might go pear shaped. Given that induction with syntocin has a 1/3 chance of ending up as an emergency CV and a 1/3 change of an instrument delivery it's not something I would do if I could avoid it at all.

    Could you put some plans in place to prepare for all eventualities? We weren't sure what we were going to do with DS when DD was being born (my SIL offered to babysit but she lives across town and doesn't have a car and we didn't know how long I would be or what would happen) so I packed a bag for DS in case we needed to take him with us. It had change of clothes, new toys, books, snacks and some cash.

    I came a bit too close to giving birth on the side of the road. I wanted to labour at home for as long as possible but just before we left things escalated very quickly and I had to face what NO woman wants to face on the way to the hospital to give birth, a traffic jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Yeah and have a baby at 38 weeks, possibly 36 weeks gestation? Hmm pass! What about focusing on changing your support so that they meet you at the hospital to collect DS?

    Also, don't focus on what your first labour/pregnancy was like, every labour/pregnancy is different

    On that note it might be a good idea to have a basket around the house with things for an emergency childbirth, towels, towels and more towels, something to drink...bowl for placenta..hmm I have to go but I'll be back.
    I don't know what you mean by 36 weeks (the induction would be 38-38.5 weeks probably).... but there's nothing wrong with having a baby at 38 weeks, pregnancy is considered term from 37 weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    If you ask them to break your waters then you'll immediately be put on the clock and if things don't happen within a certain time frame you'll be given syntocin.
    This is true, and one of my concerns. But I must admit I think it's quite unlikely that labour would not establish within 24 hours if they ruptured my membranes at 38 weeks... based on what happened last time... perhaps a rosy view of things but certainly most likely I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    . Given that induction with syntocin has a 1/3 chance of ending up as an emergency CV and a 1/3 change of an instrument delivery it's not something I would do if I could avoid it at all.
    Not to be argumentative but where have you got these figures from and surely they wouldn't differ too much from non-induced labour as far as I can tell! Also, many inductions occur in high-risk or complicated pregnancies which can skew figures. Mine is not.

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    Could you put some plans in place to prepare for all eventualities? We weren't sure what we were going to do with DS when DD was being born (my SIL offered to babysit but she lives across town and doesn't have a car and we didn't know how long I would be or what would happen) so I packed a bag for DS in case we needed to take him with us. It had change of clothes, new toys, books, snacks and some cash.

    I came a bit too close to giving birth on the side of the road. I wanted to labour at home for as long as possible but just before we left things escalated very quickly and I had to face what NO woman wants to face on the way to the hospital to give birth, a traffic jam.
    Haha good tips thanks. Yeah I'll have bags packed. Worse comes to worse parents can come to hospital to pick DS up. I just don't want to be worrying about him riding in the ambulance with me while my next kid is crowning! Hahaha.

    Hmm great viewpoints so far thanks!

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    Default Fast first labour - offered induction this time.

    No I wouldn't.

    I have had an accidental roadside birth too He came very quickly, but it was beautiful and empowering. It could happen next time but I would rather that a million times over as opposed to getting induced!!

    Also...my friends first birth was 2 hours, her second was 13 hours...

    You're usually more likely to give birth quicker each time, but it is different for everyone. It depends on a lot if things, position of baby etc. You just don't know.

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    Now you're asking... To be honest I'm not going to be able to lay my hands on it very quickly. It was an article in the SMH I read about a year or so ago.

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    Just to clarify - I would only really consider this if they did a PV at my 38 week check and I was nicely effaced and dilated >3cm. Anything less than 2cm and I would not be convinced.

    Witwicky - thanks for your reply! Good to hear from another fast birther haha. The actual "road-side labour" possibility doesn't really worry me at all (odd perhaps? haha), it's more the frantic organising and stressing/being on edge in the leadup that it would be nice to avoid.

    It just sounds so lovely and calm and organised haha. Tempts me!

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    Default Re: Fast first labour - offered induction this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Yeah and have a baby at 38 weeks, possibly 36 weeks gestation? Hmm pass! What about focusing on changing your support so that they meet you at the hospital to collect DS?

    Also, don't focus on what your first labour/pregnancy was like, every labour/pregnancy is different

    On that note it might be a good idea to have a basket around the house with things for an emergency childbirth, towels, towels and more towels, something to drink...bowl for placenta..hmm I have to go but I'll be back.
    I agree with this.. I had my first Ds at 38+2. My labour was all natural and 1.5 hours long.
    Second ds was born at 38+2 as well but my labour was 3.5 hours long.
    Everyone seemed to think i would be in for a super quick labour based on the first. Didn't turn out that way though.


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    Default Fast first labour - offered induction this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    I am pro-natural birth but geez I am tempted by this!

    My first labour was 3.5 hours from start to finish. I went into spontaneous labour at 38+6.

    I (and my obstetrician) are worried about an even faster labour this time. I live ~40 minutes from the hospital (in peak hour is ~1 hr) and would have a toddler to drop off on the way. If my hubby is at work (which is likely if I start labour about the same gestation again) I'd have to call an ambulance.

    My obstetrician has suggested we can think about inducing me around 38ish weeks to avoid the possibility of giving birth on the side of the highway haha.

    Although I am not too concerned about maybe not making it to the hospital, it sure sounds nice to have a planned induction ... be able to get a good night's sleep before calmly heading into the hospital, pre-arranged babysitting for my son and time off work arranged for hubby.

    I would prefer to avoid a drip/CTG circus so I wonder if I could just ask them to break my waters if my cervix is favourable and see what happens....?

    Any thoughts/advice/similar experience?
    I had a similar first birth to you and I absolutely think that's a good idea. It's all well and good to say induction isn't a good idea because xyz but in the same token having a baby in a car or an ambulance isn't an ideal situation either.

    You can be induced with the cervadil which usually brings you into a natural state of labour I guess you would say - more so than pitocin anyway!

    I am opting to be induced this time around for the same reason as you and if it feels right for you than do it. Don't worry about the people who are giving you reasons as to why you shouldn't do it. Listen to your body.

    Good luck xxxxxx

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    My mistake though, the figures are for first time mothers being induced:
    - 24.6% instrument delivery
    - 30.4% emergency CS
    - 44.9% vaginal

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/steep...715-1hhtp.html

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