Post # 1
ugh!!! so long story long. i want a natural birth, or as natural as possible… but my body may not be on board.
I am 39 weeks 4 days today. my OB wanted me to schedule my induction for thursday (40 weeks) because i am only 60% effaced and 1cm dilated and -2 station. apparantly he thinks i should have made more progress. i disagree. i have had a perfectly healthy pregnancy with no problems what-so-ever. so i said NO to the induction. My doctors only reasoning for wanting to induce was that i might go past my due date. anyways i argued with him and now have another appt on monday and if i have made no progress a stress test and ultrasound at 41 weeks. and if all is okay with baby we agreed that induction would not take place until feb 4th at the latest (41 weeks 4 days) still early IMO if the baby is fine, but whatever.
so anyways… has anyone ever been induced and been able to have a epidural free delivery??
Post # 3
I have! Been induced both times, and was epidural free for my first son (second was c-section)
Post # 4
Umm considering you seem pretty well informed & have been healthy I would fire your doctor. Seriuosly! If he’s itching to induce you basically “just because” then he may not be very willing to wait on your body while IN labor! My MW has excepted moms AFTER their edd has past so don’t think it’s too late… he works for you!
Given that… I do know a good handful of moms that had to be induced for medical need and DID have their unmedicated birth. They had very on board doctors though and most had doulas. Generally they used a more natural method to induce (foley bulb) or a very small dose of pit to initiate contractions and then used natural methods to continue labor (walking, nipple stimulation, orgasm, or making out with their hubby’s)
I hadn’t had ANY progress prior to labor with DD (my SECOND) at 41+4, had her 41+5 & had prodromal labor starting 41+3. Well I was “maybe 1 cm” from 36 weeks until labor but I’ve read that stm are never really fully closed so that would basically mean I didn’t have any progession. lol. I was high (she AND DH almost couldn’t even reach my cervix) and I wasn’t effaced at all.
Also, if you do decide to stick with your doctor and do the nst/bpp then I’d get a second opinion before letting your current doctor tell you something doesn’t look right. I just don’t trust doctors so quick to jump into intervention when it clearly goes against evidence based medicine…. they scare me more that natural childbirth! lol
Post # 5
@runsyellowlites: well he is a great doc. i had problems getting pregnant and he has helped me alot… he is just a typical OB… i would have loved to have a MW but my husband was stuck on this “modern times stupid idea that you have to have an OB” so we stuck with him.
luckily he listens which is good…. yea. dont worry. i read ALOT and i have researched and know that many babies are fine up to and after 42 weeks gestation… so we shall see how this goes. im not going down without a fight. thats for sure! i have also looked into acupuncture as a natural way to induce… so i may be making a few calls if i get to 41 weeks with no more progress.
and i dont plan on going to the hospital until i am in active labor… plus its a practice so he may not even deliver me.
Post # 6
@Araya: well thats good to hear you were able to do it natural with one despite the induction… can i ask why the c-section with the other?
Post # 7
@stephanie63087: my second son was 9’14 and was basically stuck in the birth canal. After many of hours of pushing, he wasnt low enough, and to be honest, I was exhausted.
Post # 8
I’m an anesthesiologist, so I put in epidurals for a living (well, actually in my current practice I don’t do OB, but up until a few months ago I did), and you can of course be induced without one, and if anyone tells you you can’t they’re probably wrong!
When I see a patient, I make a point of letting them know that it’s their body and I want them to be in control of what happens to it to the greatest extent possible. I provide a service, and I’m happy to do that for patients who are appropriate candidates for epidurals (there are some health problems that contradict them), but I certainly don’t want to force them on anyone. That being said, there are a few patients (those who are highly likely to need a c-section and appear to be a difficult intubation, where a general anesthetic for a crash c-section could be dangerous or deadly for mom or baby…) who I do try to strongly persuade. But even in those cases, the epidural doesn’t need to be “run” during labor, just in place in case of c-section.
Anyway, off my soap box… Sounds like if you’re committed to an analgesic-free childbirth you should be able to stick to your guns and have one, regardless of if you need an induction! Good luck to you 🙂
Post # 9
@ferdie224: i know that i have the option… but with the increase sudden pain of artificial contractions brought on by pitocin and my body not having time to produce adrenaline to counteract that… the chances go up that i would need (and by need i mean request, bc it is just too much :() an epidural… i guess i just wanted to see how many people have actually done it without the pain meds 🙂
Post # 10
@stephanie63087: It sounds like you’ve really prepared and are set on an unmedicated birth.
My #1 piece of advice: 99.9% of the time ALL women feel like giving up in transition. It sucks and is very overwhelming mentally. Recognize it & go with it! This is when most cave and I hear so often “Had I known I would have him/her just 30 minutes later I would’ve waited”. I knew when I hit transition for sure and my only mistake was continuing being told how far along I was at that point b/c it was TOUGH and I felt like I should’ve been “farther” so hearing I wasn’t was a huge blow to my confidence… Next time I won’t hear about my progress after 5-6 cm.
Just know that you CAN do it! You body IS amazing & you ARE capable. Move move move & listen to your body. 😉
ETA: There are a number of mommas over on that natural birth boards on babybump app that have been induced and gone without pain meds!!!!! 😉
ETA again: OH and just because you’re given something to START contractions doesn’t mean it has to stay going the whole time! Like I mentioned, nipple stimulation is MUCH better at producing oxytcin during labor and more effective than pit is. Making out with your hubby is REALLY effective too AND if you’re home/kick everyone out of the room and are open to try it, orgasm is the most effective! *wink wink*
Post # 11
@runsyellowlites: thanks! and i will keep that in mind! hopefully this lil guy just comes out on his own. i definately am more scared or weary of all the interventions they push than of the actual natural labor and birth so it just seemed like the right choice. not to mention i like to be in control lol.
Post # 12
I was induced and didn’t have an epidural as I’m not allowed one because I have a bleeding disorder. Yes it was painful – but it was as painful as I expected it to be. I believe the recovery was quite easy, after having skin to skin and doing the first breastfeed I was able to get up and have a shower. The next day I was able to be up and about, I was roomed in with two other women who had epidurals and it took them quite a while to get moving, and that was only at the nurse’s insistence. Next time I’m hoping to not have an induction and go completely natural again.
Post # 13
I was induced for both of my pregnancies. I got epidurals because it hurt, and I have no regrets. Did it hurt more than if I hadn’t been induced? I can’t say. I really think it has to do with each person’s own personal pain tolerance.
Post # 14
I have a friend who was semi-induced, i.e., she was having contractions but they were not regular, and she was not dilating at all. She ended up getting pitocin but otherwise delivered naturally. She used her breast pump during labor to stimulate as well.
However, trust your body and wait it out if you can! Who knows, you may go into labor before your doc’s induction date 🙂
Post # 15
I have 3 children (well teenagers now) and all three went WAY overdue (9 1/2 -10 months) and I was induced for all three. I don’t understand why your doctor seems to be in such a hurry.
With my first, I had an epidural and the only thing it did was make my feet numb 1/2 an hour after she was born! For the other two, the only thing I used was some nitrous oxide to take the edge off…as soon as you take the mask off the ‘feeling’ fades.
While it is definitely painful when induced since you go into ‘hard’ labour, there is no reason why you would need an epidural. Just concentrate on relaxing and breathing And everything will be fine.
Post # 16
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@stephanie63087: Keep on your plan to not induce unless the doctor can verify that there is an actual issue with continuing to wait. And try to relax (I know, easier said than done.) Due dates are all over the place and merely predictions. Babies come when they are ready and yours may just want an additional few days or week.
Getting induced is way more painful than delivering naturally with your body. However, if your baby is in danger then you will want to delivery as quickly as possible and won’t be thinking about anything else. Getting an epidural is not failing in any way, the chemicals used to induce labor cause extremely painful contractions that you physically may not be able to handle. Let your body decide when it’s had enough and then ask for the epidural if you want it. By getting induced, your idea of a natural childbirth is already over before it starts so getting an epidural would not be compromising your planned birth experience. It’s disappointing but in the end you will have a baby regardless of whether you got an epidural. You can always try VBAC with your next child.
On a side note, my mother has done both ways and muuuuuuch prefers the epidural. I was 17 and in the room when she was induced with my baby sister and she was like a wounded animal during labor; it was terrifying. Once she got her epidural she returned to being a normal person and we could talk in between contractions. I am sold on the epidural personally but I understand the desire to go natural and even I cannot plan for an epidural because who knows? I could go into labor and dilate too quickly to get an epidural. That’s why I plan to take natural child birthing classes; to prepare me for just in case my birth plan doesn’t work out.