Okay. I've been induced twice. My babies were born without complication, perfectly healthy. So I'm sick to death of people judging me for being induced. It wasn't like I was asking for it. Quite the opposite, my doctor was recommending induction and I kept pushing to stay pregnant. And it's not like it's without cause. With my last, I had very low amniotic fluid. The doctor measures it on u/s by dividing the belly into 4 quadrants and measuring the fluid depth in each quadrant in centimeters. If the total cm is 5 of below, a diagnosis of oligohydraminos (low amniotic fluid) is given. My fluid was low for a few weeks and was being monitored by different doctors, both my OB and the lead OB at the hospital in L&D. It had been running about a 6 for weeks. On the day my DS was born, I had an appointment with my OB that morning and he personally did an u/s in his office to check the fluid levels. Three of the four quadrants had no fluid whatsoever (one empty quadrant can get you the same diagnosis). The fourth quadrant had 2cm. My baby had pretty much no fluid left around him. This can be indicative of other problems for both me AND the baby. So when my doctor said we should have a baby that day, I agreed. He was 37w5d. I wasn't ready. I had been fighting the doctor all along that I wasn't agreeing to early induction unless absolutely necessary. He knew my wishes quite well and we decided together that day that it was necessary. My baby was born healthy and thriving, at a great 6lb 8oz.
That said... I hate, hate, hate feeling like I need to give that giant freaking explanation for myself for being induced. When I mentioned that I had been induced on his BB (I hadn't posted much of my story there while pregnant because he was actually due in March, born on the last day of February)... But then I get the bucket response "Well, my doctor isn't the inducing type." As if to presume that your doctor is more competent than mine because your doctor wouldn't induce you. If your doctor didn't induce you when 3/4 of your belly has no fluid and the other 1/4 has minimal, then more power to you. I'm not really willing to risk certain things and I shouldn't be made to feel like less of a mother or less of a woman for it. End rant.