Saturday, September 6, 2008

To induce or not to induce...

That is the question. Should I even be thinking about this now? Well, probably not, but when you work in labor and delivery and watch everyone get induced at 39 weeks, it's bound to be at the back of your mind. I also feel like my body is blissfully unaware that I am due in 11 days and is not doing anything to gear up for labor. My patient last week went into labor on her own and she was due after me! I was thinking "Hey, no fair! I am more pregnant than you are, and here you having your baby today."
I will be 38 weeks and 4 days tomorrow, which is when I was induced with Sophie. I had a lovely labor and delivery, so why wouldn't I just want to do that again? I can't really give you a black and white answer other than that I just want to experience going into labor on my own. Throughout this pregnancy I have had a desire to experience the whole process of laboring and delivering naturally. I can't tell you exactly why, but I really feel that God put that desire in my heart. Why did I not desire it last time? I have no idea, but I was definitely begging for that induction and would've been appalled to be still pregnant at 40 weeks.
I will say one thing though, it is much easier to say that you don't want to be induced earlier in your pregnancy as opposed to 39 weeks. I think our culture revolves around planning for the future so much that it is hard to not want to "plan" your birth. You start thinking about things like, when is my doctor on call, when can my husband be off work, will my family be in town, who will take my other child.... No wonder induction is so desirable to so many people.
Right now, I am praying for faith, patience and believing that I will go into labor on my own!

Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in YOU. Trust in the Lord forever."

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."


OneHotDish said...

Hi, I happened upon your blog in a round-about-way but wanted to encourage you to go with your gut. I just delivered my first baby (a girl) in June. I was anxious the week of her due date and worried when she didn't come but the very next evening she came in just a few hours and it was wonderful to labor at home and not worry about drug complications. I think you've got the right idea trusting God with His timing. God Bless and I'll be praying that baby comes soon and without complication!

Rachel Garcia said...

Hello.. i found your blog in a round about way too.. I just want to encourage you to hang in there.. i just had my third and desperately wanted to avoid the pit drip (ended up having to because of my gest. diabetes and insulin numbers).. but delivered unmedicated. I too wanted to experience labor beginning on its own. Just hang in there.. God created your body to do exactly what its doing right now.. and you won't be pregnant forever! lol...