My pain-free laborsI am currently pregnant with my 5th child and hoping for a pain-free labor. I never felt any pain during my previous labors until nearly an hour after my water broke. With two of them, my membranes ruptured spontaneously prior to the beginning of labor. I endured my share of discomfort during those births. However, with the other two, I had no sensation of pain or discomfort even when my contractions peaked on the fetal monitor. At one point, during labor with my 3rd child, I told the nurse I thought my labor had actually stopped. I was concerned because I knew I was greater than 5cm dilated and they couldn't send me home. But I was unsure what they would do with me if my labor suddenly stopped mid-way through. However, when the nurse checked me I was actually at 8cm. She looked at the fetal monitor and said, "You didn't just feel that contraction?" I shook my head, not knowing what she was referring to. In response, her eyes widened as she said, "It just peaked on the monitor."
My midwife always said she'd never seen anyone labor quite like me. But my mother has always bragged of her painless labors. So, without the help of any meditation, hypnosis or pain medications, I guess my story is the result of mere genetics, which seems to be a rare phenomenon.