Birth Doula Blog
Everything You Need to Know Before Your Induction
Inductions are pretty commonplace here in the States (about 25% of labors are induced), but that doesn't mean you are just a number, too. You can definitely come in prepared and make the most of this experience.
I'd also like to mention that time can sometimes feel like the enemy during inductions. If you're "stuck" at 3 cm after 6 hours, it might seem like you'll be doing this for-e-ver and the induction might be deemed failed or the hospital might make you feel rushed, but remember that many pregnant people are (sometimes unknowingly) at 3 cm for up to a week and no one even bats an eye at that. The fact that you have to sit and watch the clock between four white walls makes time seem cruel. Trust that if others can take their time at 3 cm, so can you!
The following info applies to labors with no complications to the laboring person or the baby.