- I'm a planner. I want to know when the baby is coming so I can plan accordingly: who will keep the other children, when to clean the house, when to pack my suitcase, etc.. Then I'm not caught by surprise as I was when I went unexpectedly into labor with Mary. (I had to hurriedly pack in the middle of the night, and I left a messy house.)
- My labors are shorter when I'm induced. And once you get an epidural, it doesn't really matter how strong your contractions are from the Pitocin. Of course, I'm sure that part of why this labor was so long was because the residents weren't in any hurry since they were there all day anyway. With my previous labors, I had a private practice physician, and she had other patients to see so she was in a little bit of a hurry. She got there early and broke my water shortly after the Pitocin was started so I delivered quickly. (And I liked that!)
- An induction guarantees that my doctor will deliver my baby, not whoever is on call. I prefer to have someone I know getting that familiar with me.
- With my inductions, I got my epidurals much more quickly than I did laboring with Mary. Again, that probably has to do with the difference in a teaching versus private hospital.
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