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It depends on your provider. My past OB said they will not induce labor but will augment it, meaning you need to have improvement yourself for them to help push it forward. The other OB I talked to said they would try a soft induction.
I went to 41 weeks and was given a choice of pit induction (after a failed foley induction) or a RCS. I chose the induction and had a VBAC.
Many providers won't do it, but it's not a safety issue (though they present it that way). They just don't want to do it. But there are providers that will.
For me: My doctor said when I hit 40 weeks and nothing has happened they will schedule a c/s. They will not induce at all from "ground zero" if I'm closed up tight.
Now if things start on their own & I need a little boost they will give a small amount of pit to get things moving.
So yes & no for my doc's practice.
It depends on your care provider and whether you've progressed at all on your own. My OB said that cervadil and other agents used to ripen the cervix are absolutely contraindicated. But I was already 4 cm dilated on my own when she scheduled my induction because pitocin is not contraindicated for VBAC and my body showed signs it would be conducive to induction.
She had originally told me (early on the in pregnancy) that she would not induce but the story changed because I was progressing well on my own.
Like everyone else said, it depends on your provider and your body.
If I would have been favorable, my MWs would have used a foley bulb to induce.
Their policy on pitocin was that they would use it to augment, but not induce. So when I was having trouble getting my contractions regular enough to have effective pushing, they did end up using pitocin, especially because both the baby and I were doing well.
It depends on the comfort level of your provider. Mine won't do it. I am ok with their decision. They feel the risk is too high. Pitocin encourages contractions that are typically stronger than regular labor contractions, and the drug label actually doesn't recommend it's use in women who have had c-sections (or other uterine surgeries) due to the increase of rupture.
But, I have read on the bump and elsewhere of women who have had it for successful inductions & VBACs as well as to augment labor that seemed to be slowing/stalling.
However - there are alternative, non-chemical induction methods that could be used to help such as a foley bulb, membrane sweep, etc.
Depends on your practice.
We went over all of the TOLAC paperwork at my appointment on Monday and I had a whole list of questions because I don't want any surprises and want to make sure we're all on the same page. I asked about what would happen if I would end up needing to be induced for any reason and my MW said that depending on the circumstances, and if I had a favorable Bishop's score, they would still move forward with a TOLAC. If I need to be induced and did not have a favorable Bishop's score they would recommend a RCS instead, which is understandable considering it's likely you'll end up with a C/S anyway and the risks are higher if you're inducing, especially in a situation where you're not favorable for that induction. Now, I'm also with a super supportive MW practice. I won't be induced just because I pass my EDD or anything like that. They won't even start talking induction unless I reach 42 weeks or there is a true medical necessity.
In general it's obviously a better situation for you NOT to be induced period, especially for a VBAC though because inductions up your risk of uterine rupture for anyone.