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To still be waiting to be induced 6 hours after being told to arrive at hospital?

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Justfeckingdoit Thu 02-Jun-11 15:25:26

St Georges.

No one can tell me when it will be. Should I go home to rest and come back tomorrow?

bubblecoral Thu 02-Jun-11 15:28:28

Unless they have told you to go home, I wouldn't.

They have probably just had an unusual rush of people all going into labour at the same time or something.

Frustrating for you, but also very exciting! I hope it all goes well for you. Baby will be here soon! smile

swash Thu 02-Jun-11 15:29:50

Sit and breathe, and maybe it will start on its own.

Good luck!

Pandemoniaa Thu 02-Jun-11 15:30:47

DIL was told to turn up at the crack of silly o'clock to be induced. Some hours later the process started. So I'd sit tight for now.

HushedTones Thu 02-Jun-11 15:31:22

Induction might be pretty long and boring even once they get started (sorry) so take the chance to catch up on some sleep, get yourself some books or music, ring your friends for a quick catch-up, watch some TV, have a decent meal etc. Definitely the worst part about induction is the boredom factor but don't go home else you might be back to square one if they are busy tomorrow as well.

BooyHoo Thu 02-Jun-11 15:31:55

they didn't tell you you would be induced 6 hours ago though did they? they told you to be there 6 hours ago.

AurraSing Thu 02-Jun-11 15:32:36

How frustrating for you. But I'm sure there must be a good reason - has the MW spoken to you at all?

Zimm Thu 02-Jun-11 15:33:26

Go To Sleep. It may well be your last chance for some time!!! Good luck!!

IprivateI Thu 02-Jun-11 15:34:23

Have they injected that gel into your cervix yet? If so, they're probably waiting for that to kick in. If they haven't then they must be rushed off their feet. You've got your own bed haven't you? Just relax before the storm begins. Being induced isn't fun - it's actually pretty damn violating and painful. I'd be worried about the hook they'll stick up you to break your waters right now.

snoozin Thu 02-Jun-11 15:34:25

Both times I was induced no one even came to see me until 2 hours after I arrived and can't remember how long after that until they actually started the induction. hang in there, baby will be here soon enough : )

Hassled Thu 02-Jun-11 15:36:14

With DS2 I came it at 7.30 on the Sunday morning, at 10 am they did the gel thing, then they got busy and nothing happened at all until 10 the following morning, when they broke waters. Then another long pause and they started the drip. DS2 was born 7 on the Monday evening.

But you need to sit tight - when they get a free minute they'll start things off. Just be prepared for busyness/gaps.

kidsinamerica Thu 02-Jun-11 15:36:45

Just chill. It's frustrating - yes, but is it being done deliberately to waste your time - no! TBH you are being ever so slightly unreasonable. Be calm - you'll be holding your baby soon enough - good luck x

HushedTones Thu 02-Jun-11 15:41:38

IprivateI - that's not very helpful is it? I was induced and it was not painful or violating at all. The gel application is no worse than an internal examination which all pregnant women get and yes it hurt once labour got started but that's the same for everyone.

The induction process if not awful at all - just very very long as they have to give the gel hours to work then reapply it then a few more hours then reapply it etc. My timescale was similar to Hassled ie well over a day and I ended up with the drip but I wasn't in pain for all of that time and my waters went naturally very early on.

BooyHoo Thu 02-Jun-11 15:44:44

my induction was very fast and very, very painful. sorry OP but it was.

BooyHoo Thu 02-Jun-11 15:45:10

compared to prior labour taht wasn't induced i mean.

MadamMemoo Thu 02-Jun-11 15:46:04

I waited 5 days with dd2!

LadyAlex Thu 02-Jun-11 15:48:09

I sat there for 3.5 days! 6hrs is nothing! (And 3 days was after the pessery!)

Sirzy Thu 02-Jun-11 15:51:52

I agree hushed tones.

The problem with being induced is you have to fit in around what is happening on the ward at the time. I had to wait 13 hours to have my waters broken because there was no beds on the labour ward. I had already been in 24 hours before that decision was made!

Just try to rest as much as you can.

ShushBaby Thu 02-Jun-11 15:53:17

I waited hours for my induction but had a rather nice time eating snacks and doing sudoku. As someone has pointed out this is not being done to annoy you and is also probably not down to anyone being crap . In fact it is reassuring that they don't just send women into labour if they know they don't have the resources to deal with it at that time.

The induction itself was FINE btw. In fact I didn't even realise I had gone into labour, it crept up on me. V annoying when people declare childbirth to be definitively one thing or another. When in truth there are as many different sorts of birth, ranging from horrifying to amazing, as there are women. And I'm sure there are many many women like me who did not find induction violating at all!

Justfeckingdoit Thu 02-Jun-11 15:53:17

Thanks guys. No gel, nothing.

They are very busy but it's getting on for 7 hours now!

Midwife has just told us it's because there's only one doctor on duty

DreamingOfABump Thu 02-Jun-11 15:58:49

delivery suites are unpredictable, despite best intentions if the unit fills up with women coming in in labour they cant be put off and it would be irresponsible to start you off if they dont have room/staff to care for you. Be patient. But dont go home unless they suggest it because as soon as the workload calms down they can quickly move on to you.

Snowsquonk Thu 02-Jun-11 15:59:10

If they already have lots of women in labour, they are not going to deliberately start another one off if they don't have enough staff to manage the unit safely.

Is there a good clinical reason for the induction or are you overdue? If it's overdue, request some monitoring - if the trace is normal and they are still busy you could suggest that you go home and come back in tomorrow when they may be quieter.

rosyveryposy Thu 02-Jun-11 16:03:41

It is frustrating but not deliberate. They won't put you into labour until everything [in case of emergencies] is available..also, your baby is not at risk, so try to relax. Frustrating I know but it is in your best interest and that of your new baby too. There has to be staff available to monitor you and the baby, once labour commences, so if they are tied up, they can't attend to you. On delivery suite, no-one can anticpate with any accuracy the amount of people that will arrive, in labour, on one shift and therefore cannot put staff on duty at will.
You never know, you may go into labour by yourself. My best advice [as midwife of 25yrs standing] for induction of labour [as long as your waters haven't 'gone', or if you have been advised not to] is to have a bit of 'nooky' The prostalandins in your partner's semen are the same one's they put around the cervix to soften it...just a thought, good luck, relax, enjoy x

BooyHoo Thu 02-Jun-11 16:04:18

OP if tehre is only one doctor on then i would be in no rush to go into labour!! you don't know what might happen during it and you may need the doctor. not so good if tehre is only one and another emergency has come up.

Debs75 Thu 02-Jun-11 16:07:10

With dd2 I was told induction must start the day after. I went in that day and was sent home, the next day, again sent home. Then the next week I went in on Tuesday and it was thursday teatime before I was sent to labour ward. The hospital was fit to bursting and as i didn't respond to gel the first week i was sent home. the 2nd week the night mw couldn't be arsed to do her job so wouldn't give me the 2nd set of gel. All the 'immediate need for delivery' resulted in me in and out of hospital for a week and dd finally arriving 4 days early

with dd3 they would of induced me that day but i needed a day to sort childcare. When i went in i was there at 1pm and it was the next morning before i was took to labour, and the next day before labour finally took hold and dd was born.

6/7 hous is nothing and as others have said if the wards are super busy they won't induce you unless really neccessary.
Why are you in for induction?

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