I was just induced with Cervidil this Sunday. My bubs ended up coming by emergency C-section but it was not the Cervidil’s fault.
It’s like this white thing shaped like a tiny tampon, at the end of a long white string. They showed me what it looked like before they placed it, so if it fell out I would know. The plan was for me to get the Cervidil in the evening and then my doctor to come in the morning to break my water and give me Pitocin. But we never got to that step because when my water broke on its own, the Cervidil got flushed out, so to speak.
It did its job–My water broke on its own, only about 6 hours after I got the Cervidil at ~7 pm. Then I went into labor pretty much instantly. My contractions got very quick very fast. In an hour or so they were coming at 1.5-2 min apart and I went from “a little bit” effaced from when I arrived at the hospital, to 100%. After about another 3 hours I was dilated to 5 cm–as opposed to when I got to the hospital I was dilated “maybe 1”.
So I was making good progress and very quickly too, after the Cervidil got things going, all without any Pitocin.
However, my baby was not tolerating labor–Heart decels after every contraction, and then towards the end he got tachycardic too (heart rate too fast). They tried everything–gave me oxygen, gave me ephedrine to raise my blood pressure in case the epidural was causing my blood pressure to drop, and gave me Terbutaline twice to try to stop the contractions temporarily and give my baby a break.
When nothing worked, they had to do an emergency c-section because my baby was liking labor less and less, while my uterus wanted him OUT–A few minutes after the Terbutaline and it would go right back to the contractions every 1.5-2mins again.
I stressed out a lot about induction too before my husband and I decided to go through with it. We were both hoping for a vaginal delivery and thought induction at 39 weeks gave us the best chance, as baby was measuring very large and he’s only going to get bigger as time went on. Unlike a lot of other stories I heard, they were actually pretty dead on about his weight and he has a big head even for his weight.
When they said I have to have a c-section, I just said OK whatever it takes to get baby here safe in my arms, but my husband was in tears. It’s been a rough couple of days recovering (we are still here in the hospital), but now that my baobao is here we are both just so happy and nothing else matters.
P.S. my epidural worked like a dream. Started working within literally 2 minutes and I didn’t feel any pain after (still felt the pressure, like when baby was pressing down on the rectal area or when doctors were tugging on my stomach during the c section, which wasn’t painful exactly but still lousy)