This is an XP from my birth month board.
I mentioned a few weeks back that my OB will be inducing me at 39 weeks due to my insulin-dependent GD.
I spoke with her in greater detail about the process tonight. She said that my hospital (most prominent one in Chicago and top ten in U.S.) does not favor using Cervidil or Cytotec. Rather, they use a foley bulb catheter that they insert against the cervix and inflate with saline solution. Supposedly this helps you dilate to 4 cm, and when that happens, the catheter falls out on its own.
Please note that I am not referring to the type of catheter that they put in to help you urinate while on the epidural.
What seems a little freaky to me about this induction method is that my OB says they start you on pitocin at the same time they put the foley bulb in. I was always under the impression that induction was usually a two-step process: first they get your cervix favorable and then they start contractions. Everything happens at once with my hospital's method, and I could conceivably go from 0 to 100 on the pain scale almost immediately. She said that I could request the epidural anytime I want - even from minute 1 - because the pitocin will keep the contractions going.Does anyone have any knowledge about foley catheter induction, particularly when combined with simultaneous pitocin? My research is not turning up much. Anyone experienced this with a previous birth?