My letter for today is ‘I’ and I am going to write about Inducton of Labour. This shall mostly be about my experience of a labour induction.
I had read a little about the induction of labour when I was pregnant with Willow, and it came to no suprise when I was told that I had to have one…. GULP! Most people like to tell you horror stories of their induction, and scare the life out of you. They like to tell you that labour is more painful and longer, when you have an induction. You HAVE to have an epidural because you feel your contractions harder than a normal labour…
… DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM!!! I was expected (due to my KTW syndrome) to have a horrible labour, bleed loads and even had to give birth in an operating theater. BUT everything went fine. I had a text book birth, I had no epidural, No forceps (which I have been told are more likely to be needed during an induced labour), and Willow was born with no interventions, I had normal blood loss, 1 solitary stitch and was home the next day. I must just have been a lucky one, but still, I am proof that you should NEVER listen to what some people say. 😛
Most inductions happen because the baby has ignored all eviction notices and has to be kicked out at around 10-12 days after due date. I had my induction at 38 weeks in Bedford hospital. I had to be there for 8.30am…. the first of many early mornings since the date of 8/3/2012!!
A typical induction is started with a ‘stretch and sweep’. this is where your midwife runs her finger around the bag of waters, through your cervix, which can often trigger labour. If that fails to work a vaginal examination where a (prostaglandin) pessary may be inserted or (if possible) Your waters broken with a amnihook, that looks a lot like a crochet hook! This I found to be painless and actually found the whole thing highly amusing. I swear my waters actually smelt like lavender (Jay refused to smell them, so I have no-one to back up my theory!)
After my waters were broken, I had an intravenous drip of oxytocin, which really gets your contractions moving! Some people don’t need this drug, but Willow was stubborn about making an appearance by this point. Once the oxytocin is in, those contractions get harder and faster by the second. Also remember you cannot eat once the drip is in. So fill up before you are hooked up! I made the mistake of not doing this, and having to sneak spoonfuls of yoghurt and sips of tea when the midwife had left the room! I started having gas and air after about half an hour of being on the drip, and a few hours later a jab of pethidine . By the time Willow was crowing my pethidine had worn off… pointless really! Although I did manage 40 (or 4) winks between contractions.
In very rare cases when labour fails to be induced a caesarean section is needed…. that i can’t tell you about!
How did your induction go? Was it a good experience or a bad one? Would you have one again?