There's lots of talk on CafeMom about being induced. I just came across a post in Answers from a mom who's measuring large. Her doctor suspects a big baby and wants to induce her at 38 or 39 weeks, but she's concerned she'll wind up with a C-section.
She asked other moms about their experiences -- were they good? bad? did they end up having a C-section? Here's what a few CafeMoms had to say about inductions.
-- My doc just broke my water to induce me. Labor was quick and delivery was a breeze.
-- I was induced with all three of my kids and all three deliveries were successful -- but everyone handles inductions differently.
-- I wouldn't suggest it. My induction experience was not great. Twenty hours of long contractions, I only dilated to 4cm, and then a C-section. My body was not ready to give birth and my doctor practically forced me into the induction.
-- I was induced at 39 weeks and it was a great experience. They started me on Pitocin, then broke my waters, and then I got an epidural. I pushed for 40 minutes and my daughter was here.
-- I was induced and, right after they started the Pitocin drip, I regretted it. The contractions were harder than they were with my first child (I wasn't induced with him.) After ten hours, the baby's hear rate dropped and I had to have a C-section.
If you've given birth before and were induced, what was your experience? What would you tell first-time moms about the induction process?