Instructions for Balloon with A.M. induction
Labor & Delivery
is located in the same building as our office, in The Suites at River Oaks. It is located on the 2nd floor and is accessible using the elevator. You will take a left out of the elevator and push the buzzer next to the double doors. You will need to give them your name, and they will open the door and get you checked in.
Hospital check-in time is 3:30p.m. You will check-in at Labor & Delivery. Please make sure you bring your bag with you, as you will be staying in the hospital. Once you have arrived and are admitted, the nurses will start your IV, do bloodwork, have you sign consents, and monitor the baby's heart rate. The doctor will be in to see you between 4:30p.m. and 6:00p.m. to put the balloon in your cervix. You will be able to eat dinner. If your doctor feels it is necessary, a cervidil will be placed the same night between 10:00p.m. to midnight. Cervidil is a flat tampon-like insert that contains progesterone; it softens the cervix and causes uterine contractions. You will not be able to eat or drink after midnight. Early the next morning, the balloon will be removed, usually around 5:30a.m., unless it has fallen out on its own. You will then take a shower and get an enema. The doctor will be in to see you around 7:30a.m. to break your water. You will usually be able to get an epidural during the early morning hours if you have elected to get one.
It is always a possibility that you may have to have a cesarean section. Please wash your abdomen with Hibiclens
for a few days prior to your scheduled hospital admission/delivery. This is precautionary measure in case you do undergo a cesarean section. Hibiclens may be purchased at any pharmacy.
® is an antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser possessing bactericidal properties. Hibiclens contains 4% w/v chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemically unique cationic bisbiguanide with inactive ingredients: Fragrance, isopropyl alcohol 4%, purified water, Red 40, and other ingredients, in a mild, sudsing base adjusted to pH 5.0-6.5 for optimal activity and stability as well as compatibility with the normal pH of the skin.