Navigating Your Induction Birth
There are plenty of reasons your delivery might be induced, all of which are nothing to be nervous about.
Induction might be intimidating with all its medical lingo and your nerves running frantically, but your labor doula is here to make sure everything stays on track to encourage your baby's healthy arrival. Induction birth often comes with many questions:
Will the pitocin hurt?
Will I need an epidural if I didn't plan on one?
Will induction make my labor longer?
And so many more questions! We'd love to share some information with you about induction birth on this blog, but always reach out to your Doula if you want specific questions that will need answers that are for your unique situation!
Why are women commonly induced?
Pregnancy is a natural occurrence that is completely unique to each mother and baby. Sometimes complications arise throughout various stages of pregnancy that will lead a care provider to recommend an induction. This can protect the lives of the mother and baby from serious medical injury, disease, infection and other complications that would put mom and her newborn at risk.
Not all inductions are medical preventions, some are by choice.
Women might choose induction to secure a specific care provider to ensure they are available to deliver their baby. Other mothers to be might just be feeling anxious and uncomfortable in their final stretch of pregnancy. A mother might choose to be induced simply for her own convenience, as labor can occur at inopportune moments.
We believe every family should take control of their birth experience. Understanding where your baby is developmentally, the threshold of safe point for your baby to arrive and the reasons for being induced will help you remain empowered to make decisions. Communicate with your care provider about induction as your due date approaches no matter what your situation, to remain informed and confident about the induction process.
What to Expect
You probably won't be allowed to eat as much as you thought while you're in labor, though discuss this with your specific provider. Most inductions come with a greater chance of C-Section procedures, making it unwise to eat while your body is in labor and preparing for surgery. You might also experience more intense contractions and discomfort than a naturally induced birth. Induced contractions tend to last longer and feel stronger because they aren't as productive. Contractions are closely monitored and the duration is more constant or predictable than the natural labor process.
How to Make Things More Comfortable
Your doula is there to help, utilize her skills of providing the best comfort measures possible to facilitate a mother's birth and ease her nervous mind about the induction process. In most cases, your induction will mean you'll also be extending your hospital stay a little more than usual to make sure mom and baby are completely ok. You can also incorporate objects that give you a little bit of that "comfort of home" feeling. Expect to take control of what makes you comfortable and incorporate different methods of pain management if the process takes longer than expected.
No matter what your due date brings, never be too uncertain or scared to proceed with your induction and birth.
Learning more information about the process will keep your family feeling good about their decisions regarding induction.