When my OB-GYN first told me I had to be induced for medical reasons, I was terrified. I had expected and hoped to go into labor without any kind of medical intervention, so not only was an induction not part of my birth plan but I was anxious about the entire process. I worried about the pain, the potential for complications, and the possibility that it would all end with a delivery in the operating room. I eventually made peace with this change of plans, though, and I think taking the time to ask my OB-GYN questions before I was induced helped. The information my provider gave me put my mind at ease and dispelled some very problematic myths.
There are numerous reasons why a pregnant woman would need to be induced. For me, the risks of induction were far smaller than the risks of continuing my pregnancy with preeclampsia. In other words, waiting for "nature to take its course" wasn't a safe option. I didn't really consider the possibility of induction, though, so I was left wondering how the entire process was going to work. For example, did an induction automatically mean I was going to have a C-section? What were the contractions going to feel like now? Was an induction going to put my baby's health at risk? It's difficult to turn your brain off when your birth plan takes a drastic turn towards the unknown, which is why speaking to my provider was so important.
So whether or not you're preparing for every possible labor and delivery scenario, or have already planned to be induced, here are a few questions you should ask your provider before you get the show on the road: