I am currently 38 weeks 3 days and have struggled with low platelets for a little over a month. They started dropping drastically and hit a grave new low (61,000) yesterday. (my normal is 200,000) My midwife told me 3 weeks ago that it looked like I wouldn't be able to get an epidural, so I have read hypnobirthing and different things online since. I honestly had never even thought about a natural birth. I see myself as a bit of a wimp and really didn't think I could do it. I am now confident that I can deliver naturally (even thought we haven't had time for a class). I was almost even grateful for being forced into natural childbirth because if I don't have a choice, I will have to succeed! ... but yesterday's new platelet count has changed everything.
They are no longer comfortable waiting for her to come. If they were to wait any longer, it looks like my levels would continue to drop and I would have to get a platelet transfusion and still risk bleeding from various places (eyes, nose, ears) during labor and destroying my uterus. So, I'm going to be admitted to the hospital tomorrow and given cervidil and then my midwife will see where to go Saturday morning. She will see how I'm looking and either break my water or start a low dose of Pitocin or whatever she thinks is best. I'm overwhelmed, though! I was actually really starting to look forward to laboring at home and the whole process and Pitocin and laboring entirely at the hospital make this so much more scary!
Have any of you been through this? I've been reading these posts for the last couple of weeks and have learned a lot and I seem to remember at least a couple of you have labored naturally with an induction. Do you have any advice? My husband is amazing and will be an incredible support. I am 1 cm and 75% effaced.