Getting induced? Read these real-life induced labor stories from 7 moms

I’ve been induced three times – with all of my babies.

Each time I waited patiently for my due date and then 1, 2, 3 ….up to 10 days after. Finally, I would agree to be induced again, comforting myself half-jokingly with the thought that I must just have a comfy womb.

Looking back, I wish I could have gone into spontaneous labour just once.

But when being induced, what to expect will be on your mind.

In this post, seven more women will tell their induction birth stories.

I am not a medical professional and nothing on this site is medical advice. 

Induction of labour is very common

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in developed countries, up to 25% of all deliveries at term now involve induction of labour. 

We talk about epidurals and birthing positions.  We talk about baby registries and nursery decor.

But we don’t really talk about getting induced.

I’ve been through it three times  but I wondered what other women who had been induced had experienced.

So I asked some fellow moms to give us a run-down of their induction experiences to try to answer this question:

Is it just another birth or are there things about induced labour that set it apart from spontaneous births?

These seven moms kindly agreed to share their induction birth stories to help you prepare for your own big day.

The stories are varied – some ended in c-sections or assisted births while others had unassisted deliveries.

Taken together, there is a wealth of experience here to show how real women experienced labour induction and their feelings and attitudes having gone through it.

If you are going to be induced, check out these stories to get a clearer picture of what labour induction is all about.


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Birth stories from mothers who have had labour inductions

Each mom described her experience and offered advice to other women going into labour induction. They also left a ‘golden nugget’ – that one thing that sticks in their minds about the whole induced labour experience.

1. A tale of two inductions

By Lisa of  Lisa Tanner Writing

I’d been induced twice – my first baby and my fifth (I have eight kids total, so six non-induced births).

My first induction was a horrible experience.

My water broke before labor really started and I was young and didn’t know how to advocate for myself. I was induced with Pictocin, and pretty much laid in bed after that for monitoring.

After a long labor, breaking my water, and an epidural I finally had a vaginal birth with forceps to help. It was coming up on 24 hours so they were talking about a c-section, which I’m thankful to have avoided. But, ouch, it was miserable and I hated the experience.

With my fifth baby I was at 42 weeks.

I’d been having prodromal labor for two weeks but wasn’t actually dilating. An ultrasound showed baby was running low on amniotic fluid so they opted to induce that afternoon.

I was given Pictocin around 345, and she was born by 535. It was a short labor, I think because my body had been doing a lot of prep work.

I also knew better than to lay in bed or take an epidural. I bounced on a birth ball, walked as far as my tether (IV) would let me – basically around and around the bed, and kept switching positions.

There was more pain than my non-induced births, and the contractions started off more intense, without the easing into them you typically get with a non-induced birth.

But, the movement helped and so did breathing. And it was over fast enough that it was manageable.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?

An induced labor means more monitoring and more checks to see how it’s going. It’s a lot less free than a non-induced birth.

What advice would you give another woman who is wondering what to expect with an induction?

Know your rights and be an advocate.

Don’t just stay in the bed (unless it’s harming baby for you to move obviously). Change positions and work with your body to deliver your labor.

Contractions will likely come on strong, so be prepared. It doesn’t mean they’re going to get WAY worse – you just are skipping the light ones. It’s a mental battle.

2. An induction because of pre-eclampsia

By Christy of  Welsh Mum of One

Due to pre-eclampsia I was induced at 39 weeks. I went to my 39 weeks maternity appointment expecting a routine check and was told I would be induced that night.

I was admitted immediately into the hospital, but they decided to place me on blood pressure monitoring overnight which meant being woken up every 2 hours to get my blood pressure taken.

It was an exhausting way to start an induction.

They tried giving me medication to bring my blood pressure down, but by morning the doctor decided I would be induced as he wasn’t happy waiting any longer.

I had a pessary inserted at 8am, and was 2cm by 8pm at which point a second one was inserted.

My waters broke naturally at 4am and I was in active labour, however, I didn’t progress past 4cm, so was then put on the Pitocin drip at 10am the next morning.

I had experienced what I would call medium pain overnight after my waters broke. Once I was on the Pitocin drip the contractions were severe but unfortunately the epidural failed.

I was given IV painkillers – Fentanyl – as they increased the dose of Pitocin to try and get things started. Most of that day is a blur for me!

Unfortunately baby was in distress and at 6pm they called an emergency c-section as his vitals were dropping on contractions. They had prepared me for this mentally earlier as my blood pressure was steadily rising and the induction simply wasn’t working effectively.

It was the right call as it turned out the cord was wrapped around his neck.

He was born 20 minutes after I signed the c-section papers at 8lbs 2oz.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?

For me I didn’t find induction a very positive experience as I felt out of control the entire time.

If I was being induced a second time I would find ways to feel in control of the situation and better prepared mentally for the experience.

The pain was a physical thing that I had expected, but what I hadn’t expected was to feel scared and helpless about what was happening.

What advice would you give another woman who is going to be induced?

Be prepared for a potentially long process.

I had not expected it to take from 8am on day one to 6pm on day two – and that included a c-section, so would have been longer if I had ended up with a vaginal birth.

I think focusing on relaxing, breathing, meditation and conserving energy is something I would do going into it again.

A happy induction experience

By McKinzie from Today Mommy

My labor was a bit of both. My water partially broke, but I wasn’t having any contractions so they started me on Pitocin and induced me.

Within about 30 minutes of starting the Pitocin I began to feel the contractions and shortly after they started my epidural.

From when they started my Pitocin to when my little boy was born was about twelve hours. It was a pretty straightforward vaginal birth with no complications.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?

It was a lot less scary than having painful contractions for a long time or having to wait to get my epidural.

What advice would you give another woman who is wondering what to expect with an induction?

Expect that the labor may be a bit longer than if you had a spontaneous labor, but it overall can be a great experience.

I loved that I was able to deliver my baby almost completely pain free.

It was a great day and I was able to stay positive and rested for when it came time to push.

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An induction with a doula

By Rebecca of

Mine was an emergency induction for preeclampsia at 38 weeks. I had cervidal placed behind my cervix for 12 hours, at which point I had dilated to a 3 – not the progress we had hoped for.

I was already having regular contractions before the induction began, but they were inconsistent. They would come every four minutes for hours and then disappear.

I walked around and showered, which dilated me a little further, but we were running out of time. They started me on Pitocin and I had to stay in bed from that point forward.

After an unsuccessful few hours on Pitocin, the hospital staff manually broke my water and I started feeling much better (the sack was very strong and my son’s head was pushing a bubble of liquid into the canal).

They checked me and offered pain medication, which we declined. About half an hour later I hit transition and threw up, then shortly after got the urge to push. I was at a 9 1/2.

Less than half an hour later my son was born naturally and I had very minimal tearing.

Overall from the beginning of the induction (cervidal placement) to the end it was about just shy of 20 hours long.

Despite being an induction, the pain was bearable and the experience was definitely worth it to save my son and my own life.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?

I had a doula and that made the experience much easier for me.

She had gone through difficult things with her own children and she prepared me well for what I would face. I highly recommend having a doula, because you never know what doctor or nurses you will get.

It is good to have someone on your side to advocate for you and your child.

What advice would you give another woman who is going to be induced?

Do not panic.

When you panic the pain gets worse.

The only point in my labor that I really felt pain as opposed to pressure is when I started thinking I couldn’t do it and got scared.

A pessary-induced labour

By Joanne from New Mum Fun

I had a prostaglandin pessary inserted to induce labour. I was hooked up to the monitor and was able to see that contractions started about 20 minutes later.

The pain became quite severe fairly quickly which may have been due to my body being suddenly jolted into labour.

My waters broke about 8 hours after the pessary had been inserted and my healthy baby boy was delivered via vacuum extraction almost 16 hours after I had been induced.

What advice would you give another woman who is going to be induced?

I would advise not to worry, being induced just helps along the process of natural labour.

I was fortunate that I went into labour quite soon after I was induced but I was prepared for sitting around for a few days waiting on something to happen. It doesn’t always work quite so quickly.

An intense induced labour

By Jennifer of Life Perfectly Imperfect 

I was induced at 7 AM and gave birth at 5:25 PM. I didn’t need a C-Section.

The pain was very intense for most of the labor, and I ended up getting an epidural.

I’ve had both induction and spontaneous. End result…pure joy either way.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?

I remember being completely ready. No rush to the hospital, just excitement.

I wish I would have brought a book or something to do while we waited.

What advice would you give another woman who is going to be induced?

Everyone is different. Labor could be very quick or slow.

Do your best to rest as much as possible before induction, as you will need your strength up.

And once your induced, eat the ice chips, they help.

A traumatic labour

By Amy from Anxiously Natural

Labor started about an hour after they started the Pitocin but progressed very slowly.

At 8 hours I was only 4cm dilated and baby’s heart was dropping so I had a c-section birth.

What one thing sticks in your mind about labour induction?


It was very traumatic for me because I was overwhelmed with everything.

The contractions started and were very intense. And things seemed to go downhill really fast.

What advice would you give another woman who is wondering what to expect with an induction?

I would avoid it if it’s medically possible.

I was not ready to give birth and I believe this is what led to me having a c-section.

Your induction – what to do before getting induced

As these birth stories show, there are many ways an induced labor can go.

Here are a few last tips for your big day:

1. Have a clear understanding of why you are being induced.

2. Take things to do – our packing for induction list below will help.

3. Be confident in your pain management strategy 

4. Talk to your partner A LOT about how you want them to help you during labor. You’ll be glad you did.

Ok those last two are for any birth.

What to do next for your birth prep?

Now you have a pretty good idea of what your induction might involve, so let’s take a look at some pain management strategies.

For some great natural labor pain coping ideas, read this next >> 

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