Liliana Scarlett's Birth Story
I was gestational diabetic, and I took care of myself the entire time by eating right, without taking meds (thank goodness). I was worried that being GD that the baby would grow too big, but she was growing at the perfect rate without a problem.
Here's where the induction story comes into play. My daughter was going to be born in mid to almost end of December, I was told the 18th. Towards the end of the first week of December, one of the doctors was talking about inducing me. "Why do I need to be induced if the baby and I are fine?" I was totally confused and they scheduled an induction for the following week. I talked to my husband about it, crying that I was feeling like they weren't giving us a chance, and that they are only doing it because they wanted Christmas off, and all sorts of excuses.
My hubby called the docs and demanded info on why this had to be done if we are healthy. At the same time, I was talking to my birthing teacher, who had recommended sex as an alternative to get things going. That same Sunday night, we had sex. The next day all was well and no contractions. But that night a bit after midnight, I started to feel contractions!!! My birthing teacher was right! We went to the hospital a few hours later (my contractions were right on track, just as I was instructed) only to find out that I was only 1 cm dilated. They offered pitocin, to which I said, "No, thank you."
The next morning, still no progress and the hospital gave me an ultimatum: induce labor or go home. This made me very upset and furious, and after much crying and thought, we went home. I was in unbearable pain going home, and staying at home waiting as the time went by was difficult. I would fall asleep between contractions and wake up in pain, to only pass out again... for four hours straight!!!
Later that evening, my husband couldn't stand to see me in pain and took us back to the hospital. To our relief I was 6 cm dilated. I went through 32 hours of labor (I eventually had an epidural, which was the only intervention that I requested) before Liliana Scarlett decided to grace us with her presence. So much for induction.
The point of my story? Don't let anyone tell you what you should do birthing wise, unless its an emergency or if its completely necessary. Good luck to all you moms to be!
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