post #21 of 60
2/11/10 at 12:05am
OK, someone reassure me. I was reading threads on the VBAC forum, and someone was saying that if you dilated to 5 or 7 cm or something in your first labor, that you'd likely go faster in your VBAC/second labor, but if you dilated less than that it would be more like a first time labor.
I went into labor naturally with DD. Early labor started around 7 pm and lasted until 3 am. Active labor started at 3 am. When they checked me around 10:30/11 am, I was only "a fingertip" dilated and 70% effaced; because I'd developed severe pre-e they sent me on to the hospital. There wasn't time to check me again at the hospital so maybe I was dilated more but we don't know because DD needed to come out immediately. (We don't know how severe the pre-e was either because there wasn't time for labs. My midwives estimate that based on her distress and tiny size, that I'd developed a pretty severe case.)
Is it realistic that this labor could be as slower or slower? Eight hours to get to "a fingertip" seemed plenty slow. I was coping fine at the time, but I'm not feeling thrilled by the notion of being in labor like a first-timer, if my first-timer experience is an indication of what I get to do again.
I am under the care of some great midwives & will already be birthing in the hospital, so no "timing out" of a home or center birth. My back-up ob already said that they do not induce for vbacs, so no clock pressure there, either.