I was scheduled for induction at 7:30 am on Monday. I had a cervical check and was 4 cm, 60-70% effaced. Around 9:15 they started the pitocin. After four hours, the pitocin wasn't really doing much for me at all. My contractions were not forming a regular pattern and were not any stronger than what I had been experiencing at home for the last week. My OB came to visit me and I was still 4 cm. He decided that he wanted to break my water and it was broken at 1:35 pm. As soon as my water was broken, I started having intense contractions one on top of the other. My nurse turned off the pitocin and called anesthesiology for my epidural. Right before they started my epidural, I told my nurse I was feeling pressure. I was 8-9 cm and she called my dr. My epidural was in by 2:10ish and she checked me again - I was complete! My room was a madhouse with everyone scrambling around trying to get ready, with anesthesiology still in the room. The epidural was able to take the edge off the contractions, but I didn't get it in time to get the full effect. After 4 sets of pushes, Lily was born at 2:30 pm...which was only 55 minutes after breaking my water! Everyone was in disbelief over how fast it happened.
After she came out, my dh asked if what he saw was a knot in the umbilical cord. And sure enough, there was. So, on top of the pleural effusions this baby girl was dealing with, she also had a knot in her cord. She really is a miracle and I'm so thankful she made it!
Born 2/4/13, 2:30 pm, 7 lbs., 20 in.
ETA: I had no tearing at all. My OB said it looked like just a scratch.