Baby E joined our family June 28, 2016 wide-eyed, alert and with a full head of hair.
We’d been trying to bring her into the world for several weeks. With my diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes and our desire to deliver at The Birthing Inn, we had several time limits that necessitated she be born on or before 40 weeks (June 25).
When we went for our 39 week appointment we were in crunch time. E needed to be born in 72 hours…or less but she was making no indications that she was headed that way. After lengthy discussion and debate, we decided to try a natural, castor oil induction. This entailed:
- Eating a large, protein rich breakfast
- Drinking a castor oil milkshake (sounds WAY worse than it actually was…the first 2 times)
- Using the breast pump for 10 minutes
- Taking a 45-minute walk
- Resting for 4 or more hours