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Terrified! Second induction.

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Battleshiphips2 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:31:56

I'm booked in for induction next Thursday evening at 8pm. When I had my first child I was put in a private room and DH was there with me the entire time. This time from what I can gather I will be put on a ward and DH will not be allowed to stay. I have had a terrible pregnancy, I've had pulmonary embolisms at 11 weeks pregnant, I have diabetes that is usually very well controlled but I've been unable to control it while pregnant, a number of placental haemorrhages, spd and also a risk for pre eclampsia due to a blood clotting disorder. I will also have to stop my fragmin which will increase my risk of getting another clot.

I assumed I would be put in a private room again but have heard that since my last pregnancy the hospital I'll be giving birth in now has an induction ward. I feel sick thinking about. My last labour and birth was traumatic enough. Throughout this whole pregnancy I've been so close to requesting an ELCS because of how terrified I am.

Not sure what to do about it. Has anyone else had experience of induction wards. I'm going to call them and ask about if I can pay for a private room but not sure if I can.

Sorry for the moan.

April2013 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:55:26

I'm sorry you have had such a tough time, perhaps a good first step is to ask to speak to someone to find out exactly how this ward works face to face as soon as possible, discuss your fears and then discuss possible solutions, I think you need to explain how worried you are about the birth and why and they need to do their best to either put your mind at rest or find an alternative. I was induced in a private room and there was a hell of a lot of waiting around with nothing happening so if I was in a ward at this point I would have been ok with that - do they move you to a private room when things have started happening and then can your DH be there?

April2013 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:58:54

Also can you ask for a birth debrief about your last birth? I had one about mine and it really helped, please moan it is the only way to get through pregnancy!

ShesGotLionsInHerHeart Thu 11-Feb-16 16:02:19

My first induction, on a ward, was pretty brutal. I only went to the labour suite/private room when I was in active labour.

My second was a piece of cake. Pessary inserted Friday 2pm, woke up in labour Saturday morning, baby arrived by 10am.

I think the second time it's less of a battle with your body.

Wards aren't fantastic, but until you're in established labour there's no need to be in a private room really - there's nothing much going on!

Buttwing Thu 11-Feb-16 16:09:06

I was on an induction ward for my two inductions. It was fine, I had the pessary inserted and then I could leave the ward and wander round the hospital in fact it was encouraged. I had to be back for monitoring every four hours but that was fine. My dp could stay with me the whole time, he went home at about 9 to sleep but only because nothing was happening. If you are having contractions and things look like they are happening they won't send him home. I know it's not great but you can pull the curtain around the bed for a bit of privacy. When things started getting going for me they put me in a side room when I asked for some privacy. As pp said I think with a second induction your body kind of remembers what to do. Good lucksmile

Battleshiphips2 Thu 11-Feb-16 16:09:35

I think you stay there until you are in active labour but to be fair things started going wrong before I was in active labour last time. If I'd known earlier that i would be on an induction ward I would've been able to speak to someone about it. I'm not sure they'll be able to fit me in to go through first labour with me now as I've only got 7 days left. I've got my last midwife and diabetic consultant appt on Tuesday so maybe one of them will be able to help. Ive had to attend specialist antenatal clinics every week since 13 weeks and in all fairness they have been fabulous. I couldn't have asked for better care.
This is definitely my last pregnancy! I'll ask about the debrief on tuesday thanks. It may help.

Battleshiphips2 Thu 11-Feb-16 16:20:25

buttwing I'm hoping my body doesn't remember what it did last time! If it does I don't think I'll get through it grin Hopefully this time it will do exactly what it should do.
Ill Be going in at 8pm so hopefully they'll be really busy and won't do the pessary until relatively late. I can't walk around alone because of spd. I think I'm just getting more nervous and I'm probably hormonal too!

Melmam Thu 11-Feb-16 16:21:49

I was in a induction ward and it wasn't that bad at all because after the pessary was inserted the advised me to walk around so even if you where in a private room again you will be out walking around untill labour starts once my labour started I was in the delivery suite within 3 hours as my contraction started getting a hole lot worse but I was only 3cm. Why don't you look into a private room for after you have giving birth surely that would be better. I was happy out on a ward as the company is nice. My first birth after induction was horrific forceps epi then got an infection.

Battleshiphips2 Thu 11-Feb-16 16:52:37

melmam I can't remember what it's like to walk around. I have severe spd and just about make it from my bedroom to the loo! Can't wait for it all to be over. At least I get a lovely little snuggle baby at the end of it. It's taken me 7 years of ttc. I think what happened during my last induction and labour is likely making me more nervous absolutely terrified this time.

I shall just have to see what happens I suppose. Thanks for all your replies. You've made me feel a bit better in that it may not be as bad as I think. My last midwife is on the most recent series of OBEM, as long as I don't get her again I should be ok grin She came running in the next morning and said oh thank god you're both ok, I woke up in the middle of the night and got down on my knees in my bedroom and prayed for you Didn't really inspire me with confidence for this birth grin

Melmam Thu 11-Feb-16 17:17:52

I didn't see the other post when you said you have spd you poor thing you really have been through the mill. This induction could be a walk in the park compared to your last and this pregnancy just try stay positive harder said than done i know but your right at the end of this you will have a beautiful baby to snuggle and that's the best feeling in the world. Only one week to go. Keep us posted x

ShesGotLionsInHerHeart Thu 11-Feb-16 19:54:19

Your last midwife sounds...interesting. grin

I totally hear you; I howled when I knew I'd have to be induced for a second time. But it was genuinely lovely. I only used gas and air, I was only really in labour for a couple of hours. I would, hand on heart, love to experience it again.

And that's after the first time, which featured GD, a back to back baby, a Consultant who couldn't find a vein, a complete asshat who practiced breaking waters on my poor vagina, forceps, etc.

Good luck. flowers

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