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    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    If my cervix is still not favourable is the risk of c-section high if she induces? I'm really wanting to avoid one but on the same token I really want this bubba out as its been a really hard pregnancy. I feel really conflicted.

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    @Pearlygirl if the balloon catheter can be successfully passed through your cervix on the day of the induction, everything should be ok from that regards. Obviously there are other variables when it comes to labour and emergency CS, but as long as the balloon can go in and through the cervix, that should be enough for your Ob to break your waters down the track. Balloon catheters are basically almost all I do at work and *touch wood* I have never had anyone whose waters couldn't be broken after I've put a balloon in. We have like a 98% success rate of ARM after a balloon. If they can't break your waters it's usually because the balloon hasn't actually gone through the cervix and they're just inflated in the vagina (which obviously is going to do bugger all)!

    If they can't pass the balloon, then you'll have to discuss with your Ob the options. It may be that a CS is the best choice in your circumstances, but that's a discussion you can only really have with your Ob. If things are ok, there are other options (prostin gel, cervadil tape, waiting a few days and trying again), but there may be contraindications to any of those things. I can't remember your exact situation from our DIG thread as my brain is like a sieve these days, but feel free to PM me if you want more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicole83 View Post
    I was induced 11 days ago with balloon catheter. If I could do it all over again, I would ask for induction to be in the afternoon and see if there was something I could take to aid sleep and cramping. Mine was 9am in the morning. It took 10 hours for the balloon catheter to dilate me enough to break waters. They said it could take up to 12 hours. This meant that by the time I was dilated enough, I'd done a full day with it in and had crampy/contractions all day. But they weren't proper contractions the nurse explained it was my cervix dilated and reacting to having the balloons in there.
    Slightly off topic, but we do our inductions in the morning too, and we all hate it for the same reasons you've described. The look on some people's faces when you tell them they'll be going to Birth suite in the middle of the night to start labour is usually one of horror. I think a lot of this comes down to a lack of education in the antenatal clinic though. The reason though they're done in the morning is to spread out the workload though. We are so busy a lot of the time that if we induced at night we'd have like 10 people booked to all go down to have waters broken between 5-10am which wouldn't account for anyone coming in spontaneously labouring. It's not an ideal situation, but unfortunately it is the way it is. You would have been a superstar if you'd rocked up early. Most of the time our inductions rock up late which then of course makes their 12hr mark at stupid o'clock. Which then makes them annoyed that they'll be woken in the middle of the night which makes US annoyed because if they'd turned up on time it wouldn't be so much of an issue lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    Slightly off topic, but we do our inductions in the morning too, and we all hate it for the same reasons you've described. The look on some people's faces when you tell them they'll be going to Birth suite in the middle of the night to start labour is usually one of horror. I think a lot of this comes down to a lack of education in the antenatal clinic though. The reason though they're done in the morning is to spread out the workload though. We are so busy a lot of the time that if we induced at night we'd have like 10 people booked to all go down to have waters broken between 5-10am which wouldn't account for anyone coming in spontaneously labouring. It's not an ideal situation, but unfortunately it is the way it is. You would have been a superstar if you'd rocked up early. Most of the time our inductions rock up late which then of course makes their 12hr mark at stupid o'clock. Which then makes them annoyed that they'll be woken in the middle of the night which makes US annoyed because if they'd turned up on time it wouldn't be so much of an issue lol.
    That's fair enough. It just would have been good if someone explained that I should have some pain relief and try to sleep during the day because, if successful, I'll be labouring during the night. My waters were broken around 7pm and my ds was born at 1.56am. It was a big day!

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    I bet it was. We try to tell our women to have panadol and a sleeping tablet either mid afternoon or just after dinner (depending on time of their review). You'd be surprised how many people decline. They're usually the ones that complain the hardest about being tired and the inconvenience of being sent to birth suite in the middle of the night haha. Can't always win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    I bet it was. We try to tell our women to have panadol and a sleeping tablet either mid afternoon or just after dinner (depending on time of their review). You'd be surprised how many people decline. They're usually the ones that complain the hardest about being tired and the inconvenience of being sent to birth suite in the middle of the night haha. Can't always win.
    I declined ☺ I didn't want to be sleepy and in pain ☺ I was induced at night, and had baby before dawn. I didn't need an ARM though, and it went much faster than they expected! No complaints here ☺

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    I declined ☺ I didn't want to be sleepy and in pain ☺ I was induced at night, and had baby before dawn. I didn't need an ARM though, and it went much faster than they expected! No complaints here ☺
    It's more the women who buzz because they're uncomfortable/have some pain but won't do anything about it and then complain about being tired. Those are the women who can be a bit frustrating. If people are happy enough to just do their thing, then that's fine. Some women will buzz every half an hour or so, but won't even take on any suggestions you make (heat packs, jumping in the shower, walking around, birth ball etc). They're the ones you just can win with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    I declined ☺ I didn't want to be sleepy and in pain ☺ I was induced at night, and had baby before dawn. I didn't need an ARM though, and it went much faster than they expected! No complaints here ☺
    This was me too.

    My 2nd I went into spontaneous labour at 2.30am.

    I maybe got 2 hours sleep that night as I could not sleep anyway. So basically got the same amount as my induction anyway.

    In saying that there was little info given to me about the induction and what they were going to do and when until I got in. But I never asked anything anyway.

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    My induction was started late afternoon, like 5pm. It was the same for the lady I was sharing a room with. They told me that they did it that way because it meant that things usually kicked off the next day and there is more staff (OB's, Peads, Anesthesiologists) readily available during the day if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TableDancer View Post
    My induction was started late afternoon, like 5pm. It was the same for the lady I was sharing a room with. They told me that they did it that way because it meant that things usually kicked off the next day and there is more staff (OB's, Peads, Anesthesiologists) readily available during the day if needed.
    Same all 3 of my induction have started around 5pm the day before
    Starts with the gel, next morning before 8am waters broken then a few hours later the drip

    Ive had 3 inductions and 1 spontaneous birth imo inductions are awful and are so much harder on the body than spontaneous labour
    2 of my 4 labours ive needed an epi (wanted with my 4th but time guy arrived i was ready to push)
    The epidural labours have always required assist births first forceps second vaccum.
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