Funny story: I might be induced today. I'm a bit nervous, but this isn't my first rodeo. The first time I was induced, my water ended up breaking on the bathroom floor while they were admitting me. I guess my daughter was ready. The second time was more traditional, but due to some communication snafus I didn't get what I needed and often felt like I was in the dark. Honestly, there are things a person shouldn't have to ask for when she's getting induced.
My second induction was scheduled by the maternal fetal specialist I had been seeing for six weeks due to preeclampsia. He accidentally forgot to inform my midwives' office that it was happening. He had told my midwife, who unluckily for me, was out of town that day so labor and delivery checked me in and then I waited. They came in periodically to check my blood pressure and make sure the monitors were working (do they ever stay in the right places?), but it wasn't until late afternoon that they told me that no one was actually coming to induce me. WTAF? I cried and told them to get a midwife or someone from maternal fetal medicine there, because I was supposed to deliver. I may have been a bit prickly to the on-call midwife, but after literally waiting there for 10 hours, do you blame me? Fast forward through a night of no sleep, back labor, and eventually a beautiful epidural and birth, and 20 hours later I was holding a beautiful baby.
Now that I have been through labor twice, I have a better sense of how things ideally go. Barring medical complications, I am hoping that all of the following are provided this time, without me even having to ask.