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Foley balloon induction method? Any experiences?

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Janem001 Sat 29-Mar-14 11:16:13

I have been booked in for induction next week via the Foley Balloon induction method. I had never heard of it before and apparently the hospital has only done 10 of them before now. Was just wondering if anyone had any experience of this?
Thank you.

FitByForty Sat 29-Mar-14 11:28:03

Me! I had it with my second child following an EMCS with my first.
It was fine. The actual insertion was uncomfortable rather than painful. Progress was slow though. I had the balloon inserted on the Monday morning and I finally delivered Thursday lunch time. If I remember correctly (it was over 5 years ago now) I think it took the first couple of days to get to 6cms. I had an epidural after that which May have stalled progress a bit though.
Overall I would say it was fine. Slow and steady rather than the great rush I understand you get with a traditional induction.
And I was the first person ever to have the procedure in my local hospital though my consultant chose not to share that info with me until after grin I totally trusted him though so I didn't mind too much.

Janem001 Sat 29-Mar-14 12:24:43

Aw thanks for that! Thats secretly exactly what I wanted to hear! I'm a bit nervous about it but pleased that it seems to be less aggressive than other methods of induction, from what I've read anyway!
Thank you.

FitByForty Sat 29-Mar-14 17:58:17

Glad that's covered what you wanted to know. And good luck. Hope it all goes well for you thanks

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