Have You Recently Found Out That Your Labor Is Going

To Be Induced? 

  • Is induction something you know nothing about but assume is a safe procedure since it’s been recommended for you?
  • Has your care provider recently blindsided you with talk of induction?
  • Does the idea of an induction go against all your hopes and dreams for you and your baby’s birth experience?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by the questions and concerns you have about the induction process?
  • Would you like to face this unexpected end to your pregnancy feeling prepared, educated and empowered?

If having your labor induced is being recommended to you by your care provider, you probably have a lot of questions and feelings surrounding it. Like most things, it’s nothing you’ve ever had to research or know much about until you find out it’s happening to you. It’s not uncommon to be in the final weeks of your pregnancy before finding out an induction is recommended or required, which doesn’t leave you much time to learn how an induced labor is different than going into labor on your own.

You may be assuming there’s not much difference whether or not you get induced, but there you would be wrong. There actually can be a lot of difference between going into labor naturally vs. being induced, so it’s important to understand the process so you can make the best choices for yourself and your baby.

For some, it can feel demoralizing being informed by your care provider that you are a candidate for induction. You may have been forewarned early on in your pregnancy that the potential for induction existed due to an ongoing medical condition like Preeclampsia or Gestational Diabetes, or maybe you have just recently had a change in medical status that has led to an induction being recommended. Whatever the reason and no matter how long you’ve known about it, finding out you’ll be having an induction is seldom welcome news for expectant parents.

Inductions are often associated with a long and tedious process that can double or triple the amount of time you spend at the hospital. And worse than that, forfeiting the idea of allowing your baby to decide when they’re ready to be born for a mechanical and medicalized process can be really hard coming to terms with.

You might have done all the "right things" preparing for this birth: taken an out of hospital birth education class, hired a doula, signed up for prenatal yoga and prepared your birth preferences for the hospital. You may have been planning an unmedicated birth, or at least one with as few interventions as possible, but now you find yourself facing the prospect of being hooked up to a Pitocin drip and stuck immobile on a bed for untold hours, right?

Well, not necessarily, and that’s why you need to understand the reason your care provider is recommending induction and what your options are.

You’re Not Alone in This. Inductions Are More Common Than Ever.

The rate of induction of labor in the United States more than doubled from 1990 through 2012, from 9.6% to 23.8%. And from an anecdotal standpoint at least, inductions appear to be happening more than ever since the outbreak of the pandemic; although it’s too soon to have the hard data to back this up as fact, based on observation within our local birthing community, it seems like inductions are occurring more and more.

But not all inductions are necessary, so it’s very important for you to understand where you and your pregnancy fall in the spectrum of when an induction is considered medically necessary and when it is not.

And that’s where education comes in. We realized that with inductions becoming more and more commonplace, we needed to develop a curriculum that takes a deeper dive into everything a birthing person who is facing an imminent induction needs to know to adequately prepare themselves for the process. As with most things, education is power. Education is the path forward to taking control back of this often overwhelming and confusing process. Education puts you in charge of your birth experience, which is where you ALWAYS belong, no matter the circumstances.

We Have Developed the Perfect Course for You.

The objective of the Birth Education Center’s Course on Induction is to show you how an induction, although being a different kind of birth experience than you imagined, can still be every bit as empowering and beautiful as going into labor on your own.

In the first half of the course we lay out the nuts and bolts of induction, e.g., the implication of due dates, a review of birth anatomy, the various methods of induction and the potential outcomes that may arise when implementing them. The second half of the course explores the action steps you can take to ensure you have the best outcome with your induction, e.g., doula support, understanding timelines and the importance of slowing down the process, how to determine if your body is ready for induction, working with your care provider and ways to create a great experience, no matter the circumstances.

Understanding what the induction process entails and the choices that are still yours to make along the way (up to and including whether or not to agree to it in the first place) is a crucial step in taking control of the process. Instead of being a passive bystander as procedures are done to you, educating yourself about the common methods of induction makes you an active participant in everything that happens.

There are pros and cons to certain procedures and the more you know and understand what they are, the better prepared you’ll feel when faced with these decisions. After all, your baby only gets one birth: it’s up to you to ensure that how and when it happens is on terms you understand and are comfortable with. Our hope is that with this knowledge you will gain the confidence to make informed decisions that benefit both you and your baby.

But you may still have questions about whether this course is right for you.


What if we’ve already taken a childbirth education course?

A typical childbirth course doesn’t usually cover induction and if it does it isn’t in much detail. Even though the Birth Education Center’s Hypnobirthing course covers it, we don’t have time in that course to give it the full attention it deserves, hence our reason for putting together this stand alone course designed specifically for families who think or know they will be getting an induction. If you fall into this category - you need to have all the facts, information and education on the subject to demystify the process and understand the choices you’re able to make along the way.

This is a stand alone course. It SHOULD be priced at $299 and is valued at that. However, we want to keep it affordable for parents since we recognize you may have already invested money in "out of hospital" education with an instructor or with a specific method of childbirth education. This induction education is about you and your baby(ies) having a safe and empowered birth experience. We do not want to out price families that need this detailed information in order to make fully informed choices.

What if I’m not bothered by the idea of being induced? Would I still benefit from this course?

No matter what your thoughts are about induction, this course contains pertinent information that is good for anyone to know who will be undergoing an induction. Not everyone has negative connotations about the prospect of being induced. In fact, sometimes it sounds like a wonderful idea when considering another week of walking around with swollen ankles and not being able to find a comfortable sleeping position. So if you’re OK with the idea of induction, don’t worry, you’re not weird!! But there’s still a lot to learn that will help you set realistic expectations of the process and make decisions along the way that will benefit you and your baby.

I just found out I’m getting induced in a few days. Do I still have time for this course?

Although this course contains everything you need to know about induction, it only takes less than 3 hours to complete, so even if your induction is scheduled tomorrow you have time to walk into your induction fortified with this valuable information.

Learning About Induction Makes A Difference.

Understanding the induction process will be of tremendous benefit to you and your baby. This small investment of time and money could make a huge difference in your shared birth experience. We have created this course to be accessible online, so no matter where you are in the country or the world you can access this invaluable information at your convenience and your own timeline.

Katie and Eric's Testimonial


Katie and Eric took Induction 101 along with their Hypnobirthing classes before they knew an induction was on the table.

Their full birth story is included at the end of the course.

 

Badass Mom's Testimonial


Marlene and Jessica didn't take any birth classes for the birth of their first child and Jessica didn't have a great experience. So when Marlene became pregnant just a few months after their son's birth, they decided that more education was needed. They took Hypnobirthing and Induction 101 and had a successful 4 day, UNMEDICA

 
A Testimonial


"Care’s class was absolutely wonderful! My partner and I learned so much about how to prepare for the birth of our baby. The step by step curriculum was so informative and gave us the tools we needed to navigate and understand all the medical verbiage that will take place at the hospital. I especially enjoyed the graphics and animation portion of the induction class. I am such a visual learner and seeing what actually happens to the inside of our bodies during labor really put things into perspective for me. I will definitely be closing my eyes during my surges and remembering the mechanics of our amazing female insides!”

K. Stratton

A Testimonial

Taking the Hypnobirthing class with Care Messer was extremely transformative for us and our journey. We are set up for a home birth with an amazing midwife and incredible doula, with visions for a beautiful waterbirth. However, moving in this direction, as much as we know it is right for us now, was largely motivated by fear--fear of being unable to navigate the hospital and the various decisions that we would need to make if we were to go to the hospital. While this fear seemed to lessen when we hired our midwife and doula, it definitely didn't disappear, especially as we openly discussed what would happen if we needed to transfer to the hospital. The Induction 101 class was EXTREMELY informative, and sparked huge conversations between us that helped us face and be with our fears, arm ourselves with information and knowledge, and come to accept deeply that if we needed to transfer to the hospital, then that is the entrance into the world that our child would need. On top of all of the incredible information, and facing and releasing our fears of the hospital, Care is just an incredibly passionate speaker and teacher with SUCH an engaging sense of humor that makes her so easy to listen to. We are beyond grateful for the class and everything we have learned!

 C. King

Course Curriculum


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  Course Overview & Welcome
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  Due Dates
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  Birthing Anatomy
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  Induction Process
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  Anesthesia Drugs
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  Assisted Delivery
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  Cascade of Interventions
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  Timelines and Doula Support
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  Is Your Body Ready?
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  Working With Your Provider
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  Creating A Great Experience
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  Special Considerations for BIPOC
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  Special Considerations for Single Parents
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Induction 101

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