Labor, Delivery, & Post-Delivery
Induction of Labor
Be prepared to be in Labor & Delivery (L&D), Augusta Health, 3rd Floor at 8:00 a.m. if a morning induction is scheduled. Patients arriving after their instructed time will have their induction delayed or rescheduled.
Call Augusta Health L& D (540-332-4360) promptly at 7:00 am to confirm what time you need to arrive (if an evening cervical ripening is planned call at 4:00 p.m.). Unless otherwise instructed, you may eat a light breakfast and take your usual medications the morning of your scheduled induction.
Please Note: The induction date provided is not guaranteed. L&D makes every effort to accommodate your induction on or as close to your scheduled date as possible. However, since we are unable to predict how many laboring patients or births will be occurring, your phone call will provide you with one of two instructions:
- confirm your induction and provide a time for your arrival in L&D, or
- you will be notified that your induction will need to be rescheduled.
In the Event of Rescheduling
We apologize for the inconvenience this raises for families who have taken time off of work, travelled to be with your, and for interrupted childcare arrangements. We appreciate your understanding if this situation occurs. If your induction is rescheduled, you may be asked to have an appointment in our office within the next couple of days. For scheduling purposes, medically indicated inductions will take priority over social inductions.
It is not Possible to Predict How Long a Labor Induction Takes
This depends in part on whether you have had a baby previously and how "favorable" your cervix is at the beginning of the induction. Sometimes, it becomes evident that the induction is not progressing within a reasonable time (12-24 hours). In this situation, your provider may decide that it is best to stop the labor induction and schedule another atempt in a few days. Whether the induction is to be continued or not will be made on medical necessity rather than social factors. We understand that failure of induction may be disappointing. However, your safety and the safety of your baby are always a top priority.
For an uncomplicated vaginal delivery the delivering obstetrician will see you 6 weeks after your delivery. Cesarean deliveries will be followed by a 2 week incision check with a registered nurse and then again at 6 weeks with the delivering obstetrician. We will discuss your plan for birth control methods.