Is using castor oil, or other herbs, induction? Yes, it is.
Inductions increase the cesarean rate. If you are accepting an induction, you are accepting the risk of cesarean. (Note: A recent study claims that cesarean rates are not increased, however, the study has intense flaws because women in the induction AND the non-induction groups were induced and augmented indiscriminately. There was no control group. See more here: https://www.scienceandsensibility.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2&blogaid=786)
The most important thing to remember about a birth plan is that it is not to inform your provider about your wishes, it’s for you to inform yourself and your process.
You see, only you can decide what priority each item has on your birth plan and how you far you are willing to advocate for yourself or your new baby. Only you know which battles to pick.
If your birth plan degrades to fighting every item with your provider once presented, remember that they cannot say no to something you decline in labor. Only you can consent or decline a procedure. This is important.
Equally important is to realize that fighting at every stage of labor is hard. It takes your focus off your labor, your baby and adds stress hormones. If you are already having to fight prenatally to get even a chance at what you want, this is a sign to shop around for a new provider, get more support for labor and/or really advocate for yourself prenatally. This is vital if you want your expectations and needs to even come close to meeting the outcome you wind up with. Even if you are the strongest person willing to fight like a wildcat, fighting your entire labor is not the sign of a healthy client-care provider relationship.
Some good things to remember when designing your birth plan are:
What is an IV? A heplock?
Does your birthing location have waterbirth or water for labor?
(stay tuned for updates! This post is not complete!)