by jenh (127 Posts), Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:33 am
I've had three inductions for PE, at 35, 36, and 37 weeks. Only the 35-weeker had NICU time, and in hindsight she probably didn't *need* to be there, she did great from the start. Your baby is still premature, so problems are obviously possible, but 36 weekers usually do really well. As for the induction, I'd ask your doctor about your Bishop score. This tells how favorable your body is for induction. If it's unfavorable, that doesn't necessarily mean you should have a c-section instead, but your labor may take longer and you/hospital staff should be more patient in waiting for it to work. My first induction, the 35-weeker and with a low Bishop score, took 26.5 hours start to finish. As long as we were both stable, though, the MFM who took over my case wanted to wait it out rather than rush to surgery just because it was taking so long. My second, the 37-weeker and with a moderate Bishop score, took 13.5 hours start to finish. My third, 36-week twins and with a very high Bishop score, took 4.5 hours start to finish, and Twin A was born unassisted because the doctor didn't get there in time. I think I would have gone into labor naturally that day anyway if we'd waited a few more hours.
Good luck and best wishes.
Wife to Brett 6/30/02
Mom to Ethne Joy 10/12/03, 35 weeks, severe PE
Mom to Catie Grace 12/8/06, 37 weeks, mild PE
Mom to Riley Faith and Gavin Arthur 7/7/09, 36 weeks, PIH 22 weeks, PE 31 weeks, severe post partum PE
Mom to three angels Grace (12/15/05), Ian (7/28/08), and Declan (5/23/15)