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AintNobodyHereButUsChickens Thu 10-May-18 16:04:35

I’m now 40+8, still no sign of baby coming and had 2 unsuccessful sweeps. Induction is booked for Monday sad I’m pretty sad about this because I really want a home birth, I’ve got a pool and everything! I used this visual birth plan to create a birth plan but if I’m going to end up in hospital, a lot of it will be irrelevant so I’m going to do ‘Birth Plan B’. Only problem is, I had never envisaged ending up in hospital being induced, it didn’t register on my radar at all so I’ve no idea what I want or don’t want confused

Has anyone done a birth plan for their induction? Can you give me any tips or ideas?

I know I can refuse induction, I don’t have to have it but I’m just so fed up, I want this baby out now sad and if that means I have to forgo my lovely planned home birth, then so be it.

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PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 16:13:06

Hi, I was induced at 42 weeks. I wanted a birthing pool in the midwifery section of my local hospital. I was shocked to find out if you progress with the pessery enough you can still have it. Infact my Midwife was lovely and was praying for me that I would get the pool. However I didn’t progress enough and had to end up having the pitocen drip....sad Despite he labour part not being ideal and having epidural and the works I had my beautiful baby at the end of it which is the most important thing. I now know if I have another I will be scrapping all birthing plans as you really can’t predict what will happen. Good luck Op flowers

PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 16:13:37


PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 16:17:48

My one tip is if you don’t want forceps or anything make it clear. I did and I felt due to that the Midwife was my advocate and made sure they didn’t use them and I was lucky enough to push ds out unassisted while numb on the epidural. I was so scared to have the epidural as it can increase chances of an assisted birth but labour after the drip is too painful and after getting to 5cm I was screaming for the epidural and I’d get it again. Ask for the one where you can press the button and administer how much you want because it means you can ease off it to hopefully get a little feeling back to push.

Bumdishcloths Thu 10-May-18 16:30:21

They don't use forceps for fun. If they decide to use forceps it's because you need intervention there and then.

PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 16:34:40

There’s other kind of interventions you can get, forceps isn’t the only option. For instance ventouse.

megafatCEObaby Thu 10-May-18 17:15:54

Yes. It's worth doing, even if it doesn't work out you have your intentions written down. Though TBH you need to reiterate them verbally as a lot of the time they don't read them.

I went in at 40+12, had the pessary, and told them straight away that I did not want the drip unless I had to, and that I wanted to be given time and if all was going OK then to I would like to be allowed a water birth.

I was induced at 1pm with pessary, waters broken an hour later due to heartrate dips, monitored for another 1.5hrs then moved to the birthing pool when they were satisfied DD was now happy. DD was born after 8 hours of labour in the pool. Delayed cord clamping, skin to skin, and passed to my husband whilst I delivered the placenta.

Good luck smile <3

Dreamingofkfc Thu 10-May-18 18:09:25

@Passthestarmix often they use forceps because ventouse is not appropriate for how high baby is or baby's position. It's all very well saying no to an instrumental delivery, however in most cases if an instrumental is necessary and you refuse then the only option would be a c/section. Sometimes carrying on pushing isn't the best option

PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 18:16:15

Dreaming i would actually prefer a c section over forceps which I told my Midwife. I have fear of forceps and couldn’t by any shape or form have them use them.

PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 18:17:11

Thank goodness I didn’t need them as I was so worked up they’d use them. I did actually want a c section at the start but they convinced me to go VB

megafatCEObaby Thu 10-May-18 18:35:49

Sorry PasstheStarMix but that is terrible advice. You were lucky, for others it could be the difference between, say, oxygen deprivation and not.

Morgan12 Thu 10-May-18 18:46:35

Is this your first baby OP?

AintNobodyHereButUsChickens Thu 10-May-18 19:06:24

No it’s not my first.

I also forgot to mention that even if my labour progresses well, they won’t allow me to use the pool sad the hospital have a BMI cut off policy of 35, for pool use and mine is higher than that. BMI is one of the reasons I wanted a home birth, because if I were to go to hospital, they want me to be constantly monitored and also have the clip in baby’s head, purely because of my BMI. That was how my first labour was and it was awful, the monitors were constantly losing the heartrate so my DH or my sister had to hold them in place. For the entire 6 hours.

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PasstheStarmix Thu 10-May-18 19:57:16

@megafatCEObaby I was just meaning that if you have a phobia over something make sure they know about it in advance, sorry i can see I wasn’t very clear, I’m abit sleep deprived. In my case they should have taken my phobia more seriously and you’re right I was lucky in that respect. They had assured me however that it would be very rare intervention like that is needed (how accurate that is I don’t know).

zaalitje Thu 10-May-18 22:33:54

bumdish do you realise that forceps are risky themselves, they're banned in quote a few countries due to risks to baby and mother.

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 09:04:29

Exactly @zaalitje I feel there’s other interventions with risks I’d be willing to take over the risks of forceps. I think it’s so important that women get the choice where possible.

Bumdishcloths Fri 11-May-18 09:56:16

@zaalitje yes I realise that. I would've ended up with a much riskier c section if they hadn't been used, ventouse wasn't an option because of my son's position.

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 11:07:14

@Bumdishcloths all birthing methods have risks and it depends which risks you’re willing to take over others. For instance forceps were used on my sister and they damaged her so badly due to incorrect usage in combination with a mad rush to get the baby out that she almost died and had to have a massive blood transfusion. Had she had a c section this would not have happened.

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 11:08:33

Had she had a c section she wouldn’t be left with a colostomy bag at a young age as well.

AintNobodyHereButUsChickens Fri 11-May-18 12:30:07

Generally do they like you to be have the CTG monitors on constantly when being induced?

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PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 12:34:32

i was but I had the pitocin drip and because my labour was 25 hours they did monitor heartbeat closely etc. If the pessery only works I would have had more of a ‘natural’ labour. It would have been lovely to walk around and not be strapped to a bed.

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 12:35:01

had worked*

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 12:41:34

I’m pretty sure that if the drip is need according to clinical guidelines you have to be monitored for yours and baby’s safety. They need to make sure baby isn’t in distress.

PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 12:41:57


PasstheStarmix Fri 11-May-18 12:43:19

You can move around as long as straps stay in place but my Midwife’s didn’t let me, the set up wasn’t great.

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