Originally Posted by County Mike
Monday night they gave her something called Cervidil. That may have helped a little but not enough to force labor. Last night they gave her more Cervidil but still no labor. She was checked and apparently it will still be a while. They're going to give her low-dose Pitocin to help encourage and maintain contractions.
Cervidil is awesome but it just ripens the cervix. It only causes someone to go into real labor if they were right on the brink of doing it on their own in the first place, like they would have done it in a few hours anyway with no meds. So they are "ripening" her cervix with the cervidil. Then they'll start pit (pitocin through the IV) and that will cause labor to start. It is a synthetic version of what mom's body produces to cause labor contractions. Generally we start at 2 milliunits an hour and go up by 2 every hour until we reach a certain number predetermined by the doc or midwife OR until contractions are adequate in strength, length, and spacing. She should contract every 2-5 minutes so hard that her abdomen feels as hard as your forehead. The contractions should last 60 to 90 seconds long. The pit will do it. Then when she starts to dilate they may or may not break her water and then Hailey has her eviction papers.....