Beginning at roughly week 37 of my pregnancy, after no ultrasounds, my doctor ordered a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the position of the baby. She thought baby might be coming out face first rather than crown first. Results were good in that category, but not good in another: my amniotic fluid was low-8.5. So she asked me to follow up with another ultrasound two weeks later. That ultrasound showed amniotic fluid level of 6.0, even closer to the induction level of 5.0. My doctor agreed to give Damon and me the weekend to try to get labor going on our own before taking further measures. I was stressed and scared that the natural birth I wanted was slipping away. I began with two sessions of acupuncture on Saturday and another on Sunday, herbal tinctures, massage, nipple stimulation, and sex, followed with a dose of special Chinese mushrooms meant to increase amniotic fluid levels. By Monday nothing had happened, so my doctor ordered another ultrasound fluid check, which came out at 5.0, below the safe level.