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    I've had both, my first labour was natural and second induced. I LOVED my induced labour. active labour was about 1 hour 40 mins and from the time they put the syntocin drip in 3 hours. everything was just calmer for me with the induction. My first labour was 5 hours

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    My induction was very painfull and fast everything happened so quick I was asking for epidural and they told me you can't be in that much pain its too soon and they checked and told me it was actually too late for any pain relief so just had gas he was born within 4hrs of starting the drip, I'm hoping I won't need one this time around I just felt like I didn't get a break between contractions and they were so intense from the start.

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    My first (and only) pregnancy was induced with syntocin after my waters broke spontaneously. I went straight into back to back contractions and remember lying there thinking 'toughen up, you can't be in so much pain yet, it's going to get much worse'. Then the doctor came in and examined me and I'd dilated 7 centimetres in an hour!

    Due to a miscommunication, I didn't end up having any pain relief, and by the time the anesthesiologist finally arrived I was too far gone and couldn't bend the way he needed to be able to safely insert the epidural. I was terrified of labour, and positive I was going to need all the pain relief on the block, but I remember realising between some of the worst contractions that I actually COULD do this. It wasn't SO bad.

    So my labour was quick for a first time - 6.5 hours with one hour of pushing. Pushing only took that long because I hadn't been to my birth class yet and needed a bit of extra coaching! I had a pretty bad post-partum haemorrhage, but everything else about the birth was complication free.

    Good luck, OP, I'm sure you will be fine. I'm the biggest wuss in the world and I coped ok!

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    I was induced with my first bub. Waters broken at 8am. Intense, regular contractions by 820am. DS born at 340pm. Drug free. Was a great labour except I retained some placenta afterwards.

    DD was a natural, spontaneous labour. The only easier part about it was the I eased into my contractions rather than them being full on from word go. Labour began at 830am, she was born at 445pm.

    So no horror story here. Wishing you all the very best

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    Bec, would mind posting the link to the RANZCOG statistics? I'm only 26 weeks and was a bit horrified to hear my OB already start mentioning induction when he talked about our birthing options (softening us up?). Maybe I misunderstood him, but I got the impression he was a bit induction happy. So, I'd like to collect some hard evidence now in case I end up needing to argue the case in a couple of months' time.
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    Just wanted to echo what indigoj said about things changing quickly. My last OB appointment was at 37+3 and there was nothing happening, my cervix was totally unfavorable. My waters broke early morning 37+6 and I had her that same day.

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    Hi,

    Was just reading through and am similar situation. My due date was 25th May as well. Went for internal and check up yesterday. Nothing much happening so am booked in for Induction if nothing happens before, booked at Gold Coast hospital 830pm on the Tuesday night. Am starting to get nervous too. Happy to have and end date at least, but nervous about the induction process and the unknown.

    Just wanted to say good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Bec, would mind posting the link to the RANZCOG statistics? I'm only 26 weeks and was a bit horrified to hear my OB already start mentioning induction when he talked about our birthing options (softening us up?). Maybe I misunderstood him, but I got the impression he was a bit induction happy. So, I'd like to collect some hard evidence now in case I end up needing to argue the case in a couple of months' time.
    This is something I wrote about a year ago in a similar thread:
    a syntocin induced labour greatly decreases your chances of a standard vaginal birth. I have been on BH for over 5 years and I've yet to hear of a woman receiving all the information about the risks of induction and alternatives available. The following stats are from RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obs and Gyns) and are taken from 67,703 induced labours between 2001 and 2007. Vaginal - 44.9% Instrument Delivery - 24.6% C-Sect - 30.4% To put it another way, if an OB is pushing for induction and hasn't told you you have a 30% chance of having an emergency C-Sect they haven't done their job. Instrument deliveries can be traumatic to both mother and baby and may cause severe tearing. (My DS was induced and it was a vacuum delivery and I was left with a 3rd degree tear which had I been unlucky may have rendered my incontinent.)
    Happy to provide some recommendations on what I would be asking an OB if they were suggesting inductions.


 

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