I was induced recently at 41+1 as my bp rose and she was still not fully engaged so it was decided rather than give it any extra time we would induce. The gel didn't do much for me, and in the morning they were hesitant to break waters as she was still high up however 2 hours later the specialist decided she was in a good enough position (perhaps helped by my pacing for 2 hrs waiting to see if I was going to end up with a c section).
My labour was 4 hours from waters being broken and drip starting. I had read Birth Skills and planned to use walking, shower, fit ball, stress balls etc but didn't end up using most of it as I was on ctg whole time. I did however use feet movements on bed and focusing on breathing though the gas thing, the rattle really helped(only got to 30% gas). DH had a handheld fan on the back of my neck or face towards end too. I was able to kneel on bed with head over the back towards the end and I'm told that is a great position for pushing (only had 7 mins pushing stage though).
Obviously every persons labour is different, and how they experience it but just wanted to show even if it isn't the birth you visualized it doesn't mean you can't still use some of those skills you've learnt to help you through.
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25-02-2012 17:32 #21
25-02-2012 17:44 #22Senior Member
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I was induced at 37 weeks, 6 days due to pre eclampsia. I was told that my body wasn't even close to going into labour and that they'd induce with gel and then the next day break my waters and put me on a drip. 2 hours after the gel was applied I went into labour and had a beautiful, cruisy 5 hour labour and birth. I also did the calm birth course and credit it with my fantastic birthing experience in less than ideal circumstances. Because I was so calm the midwives didn't believe I was in labour until DD crowned and I was able to stay in the tub and have no further intervention or unnecessary distraction.
I know that doesn't answer your question but I thought I'd share my experience to give you confidence that you won't necessarily have to go down a high intervention path if you do have to be induced. Calm birth is an excellent tool to have in your arsenal. Best of luck to you. You're little bundle will be in your arms so soon!
27-02-2012 11:49 #23Feel my wrath!
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27-02-2012 18:49 #24
Just thought if check in to see if there was any news babybloom and give you a bit of an update on my situation..
I ended going in to be induced yesterday morning I had the gel every 6 hours from 9am and monitored before and after each session... I felt very strong tightenings after only about 5 minutes, after they were done with the monitoring hubby and I went for a couple of walks... It all looked very promising... The dr came in this morning to check on things and said that I was still only 1cm dilated (have been for about 2 weeks now) and decided that 24hrs rest would be best and sent us for an ultrasound to make sure baby is happy...
Baby is very happy (and very active) so they are going to start with the gel again at 9pm tonight!
Fingers crossed it will work more than it did yesterday!
27-02-2012 19:18 #25
27-02-2012 23:05 #26
Details about Syntocin
Hi BabyBloom, Bear with me please, I've quite a bit to tell you! I'm not a medical prof. but a lot of this is within my experience...
"I REALLY don’t want to have to have the syntocinon I have heard to will only put bub into distress, I won’t be able to control my breathing and my ‘calm birth’ won’t work."
The Synt. is just a chemical analogue of the hormone oxytocin that your body uses to get the labour accomplished (among other things like bonding with the baby, stimulating milk supply, etc). Bub will not be distressed by the chemical alone, but they will monitor your baby to make sure of this. It's the speedy start to labour that can sometimes worry bub, but I'm sure you'll be fine. Your calmbirth techniques will come in more handy than ever, and you will be able to breathe just as well as under 'natural' contractions.
"I am really scared and I wish I had asked the midwife more about it but she kept saying ‘we’re a long way off from that’ but once I go in for the gel and nothing happens then they are going to break my waters and most likely put me in the drip anyway."
The prostoglandin gel ripens the cervix, the Synt. gets the contractions going. So yes, they will put you on the drip. This (usually) doesn't stop you bathing or showering or moving about, it's the monitoring that can stop this.
"What I wanted to know.
What is the standard dose of syntocinon ?
Do you get a initial dose and then be allowed to see how body reacts."
Yes, definitely. I'm not sure of the starting dose, but they start you very low, see how you go and titrate the dose till you are having contractions powerful enough to move bub along, usually every 2-3mins and lasting at least 30s, pref 60s.
"Once im on Syntonic will I have to stay on it until baby comes out?"
No. I had a failed epidural (will outline my experience below), and the Synt. pump was turned off till they could get the epidural up and running again. They can also reduce the amount if need be. Twill be played by ear when they and you see how your body reacts.
"What are my movement restrictions ?"
You will be restricted to the bed till your contractions become regular, most likely, and while being monitored initially. If no complications and bub is normal, full term bubba, you can ask for intermittent, not continual monitoring to allow you to bathe. They also have cordless/telemetric monitors, that allow you to get into a shower and move around. The prob with monitoring while you move is that it's hard to keep the monitor on bub as he/she moves, too!
"Has anyone still been able to have a water birth or at least use the bath on and off when they have been induced with syntocinon"
I'm sure you'd be allowed to bathe, I asked about this at my hosp and they were fine with it during induction, but it does depend upon their policy. Of course, my experience turned out to be 180 degree diff from what I planned, more on that later...
"Can I negotiate how much syntonic I have. (ask for smaller dose etc)"
The dose you need will be the one that gives you proper contractions, not sure you can negotiate the dose! But you can give them feedback so they can get the dose right.
"I would love to hear peoples positive experiences with the drug. I am just so scared right now, thinking of running away Sunday night so that I don’t have to face a birth full of interventions."
You'll be fine! An induced birth is better than no birth at all! you will find your calmbirth techniques more handy than ever and they will work just fine! Don't fight it all, just go with it, let your body work with the situ and remember it is very similar to the chemical that naturally flows through you during birth... Good luck, Chicky babe. Let us know how you get along.
Just to break it up, my experience ~ see below...
27-02-2012 23:52 #27
My labour experience...
See my other post above...
So, all that said, sometimes it turns out different.
Okay...here goes. My experience.
I PLANNED upon having a natural, yogic birth, with lots of moving about, preferably a water birth. Then I had a placental abruption and was lucky to have a baby at all. He was a planned premmie delivery at 34w, and anything less than a full term birth is precluded from being under water...so the water birth was out the window. I love bathing and knew it was fundamental to my pain relief...
So yoga and squatting and showering was the go. When I spoke to my Ob the day she decided bub wasn't growing anymore and needed to be delivered, I asked if I had to be continually monitored. Yes, was the answer. This was non-negotiable, as he was so tiny, and at any sign of trouble, was to be whisked out. I reserved a telemetry CTG monitor set then and there.
I was supposed to be induced via balloon catheter, as Pros. gel is actually more hyper-stimulative to the uterus than the Synt. I was told to turn up at 6am, only to be told when I arrived that I should have got there the night before for the balloon catheter (balloon catheter is where a little balloon is inflated between bub's head and cervix, ripening cervix by mechanical pressure). My Ob didn't want me arriving the night before, as this was over a weekend, and if anything went pear-shaped, she wanted the full weekday team on board to help my little bub. This lack of catheter almost caused a failed induction...
I turned up at 6am, the drip was started at 9 after waters were broken. I was one cm dilated, had been all weekend, had done EVERYTHING bar sex to get it all going (sex wasn't allowed with the abruption) so I could avoid this chemical cocktail. The contractions were beginning, but not enough was happening to avoid the induction. When induced, It feels like a truck hitting you at first, but with the deep breathing, you soon get used to it. Despite having a cordless CTG monitor, I couln't use it, as every time I got off the bed, bub would disappear off the monitor. They made plans to insert a 'skull clip', a monitor that sits on bub's head, but try as thay might, couldn't get it to stick to the baby's head. Aaaarghhh! So I felt welded to the bed. For the good of my bub, I couldn't even roll over.
I suddenly remembered at abt 1pm, my plan to have gas and air (I always have gas with my dental work, no prob). One puff was enough to cause relentless vomitting, that despite anti-emetics, didn't abate till 4hrs after the birth (14hrs of severe hurling). Things REALLY weren't going my way!
I remember saying that if I couldn't move off the bed, they had to tie me down or anaesthetize me. So in comes the epidural guy, with a huge smile, an absolute charmer! I asked for a shower, before I lost the use of my legs, and in the two minute shower I got before the anaesthesiologist turned up, I remember being in bliss-land, thinking, if I could bathe/shower the whole time, this would be a piece of cake. The pain just abated and melted away with the hot water. All the time the Synt drip was going.
With my pain relief options scotched, I surrendered to the epidural. It was painless and instant. I was at peace for a bit, had to watch the monitor to even KNOW i was having a contraction, and got some rest. Albeit while still vomitting.
At some point, I looked at the Epi line, touched a bit of tape holding it in, and oh oh, it fell out, and within 15m, the contractions hit me full force, and the Synt was turned off till it could be made functional again, which was an hour later.
By 9pm, the specialist Ob examined me (they'd examined me every 2hrs all along, and despite initially dilating to 2-3cm, i'd got no further. Eventually after 7 tries, the skull clip monitor was finally attached to bub. In hindsight, I would have been able to shower continuously once they'd got bub monitored and my dose of Synt right, if I'd told them to leave the epidural out of action. Hindsight, hindsight....) and said "you've had 12hrs of good contractions and have made no further progress, we have to decide when enough is enough..." I told him as long as bub was not in distress (he was fine), to give me another hour...
I rang my partner, and told him to get his bum back in to the room (he'd gone for a snack/snooze). Asked him to boost me up so bub's head would press on the cervix, opening it up. Within another hour, I was dilated all the way and ready to push. 15mins later, my beautiful boy was delivered.
So there you go. Completely different to how I'd planned, but as long as my bub was safe, it really didn't matter in the end.
Hope this story helps some. Good luck to you!
Gotta go rest my wrists after all that typing!
28-02-2012 13:33 #28
Good luck, DewDanni. I hope you get thru with the gel and without the Synt unless it's completely necessary. I wasn't aware that they induce only with gel nowadays. Have a happy birth, let us know how you get along. So BabyBloom, there's a chance the Synt. drip won't be used at all!
03-03-2012 20:21 #29Member
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Just had a good read through these stories and think I am feeling a bit better about being induced tomorrow. Bub is small and not growing as much as the ob would like, hence the induction. I go in at 8pm and get the gel. The ob will be in at 8am the next day to break my waters... I am just hoping things go fast! I'll be almost 38 weeks tomorrow (37+5). thanks for all of your stories.
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