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post #41 of 65
My water never broke spontaneously at all - the midwife broke it just before the delivery. I think the baby would have been born in the sac if she hadn't.

I had a very nice labor for a first-time mom: 14 hours with maybe 1.5 to 2 h of pushing. I did have a lot of back pain with my contractions but I think the baby was facing the right way around so I don't think it was "back labor" per se. I did wait too long to come to the hospital - went through transition and the first part of pushing at home (not on purpose!), showed up at the hospital with only about 45 minutes to go.

Overall I think it is easier on the baby this way. She sort of rode out on a cushion of fluid and didn't look banged up at all compared to the other babies on the unit.
post #42 of 65
With #1 the waters broke on their own about 4 hours before he was born. Total labor was 36 hours.

#s 2 & 3 were both AROM

#4 - don't remember

#5 - I had some trickling and we thought they had broken, but when I started bearing down and could see her head moving out they burst and got all over my midwife. With her I had prodromal labor off and on for 3 weeks prior but on the day she was born I labored for 11 hours.
post #43 of 65
Another caul baby here. The bag was leaking some but DS was born with the sac pretty much intact. I think it made the labor easier and I'm glad the midwife didn't try to pressure me into AROM.
post #44 of 65
# 1 i had a little trickle while in labour (can't remember how far into labour) and my waters gushed when i was pushing her out. labour was 23hrs start-finish, back labour.
# 2 my waters 1/2 hour broke before labour started, my labour was 5 hours from waters breaking to him being born, also back labour.
#3 my waters broke about 10mins before she was born, labour was 8hrs start-finish, also back labour.
#4 waters broke 3 mins before he was born, labour was 4hrs start-finish, another back labour.
post #45 of 65
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thanks mama's. this is sooooo interesting. seems like you all had fairly short labors or short pushing stage. be interesting to see how it turns out for me. my family is from the Caribbean and my mom calls water breaking just moments before delivery 'dry labor' but whenever i ask someone in the US/google it, it's the opposite, we refer to dry labor as when the water breaks at the very beginning of labor - meaning you're laboring without the cushion of the bag of waters.

Did anyone have dilation that just jumped to 10 in a very short period. Like say, you went from 4 to 10 in less than an hour, or something?
my first daughter my water broke at 4 cm, went to 10 in 45 min and then she pushed her own way out! i was in labor for a total of 3 hours

my second was a homebirth-was in labor for four hours total-my water did not break, she was born 'in a caul' (and a water birth as well!) since it was a very hands off homebirth, i cant tell you how many cms i was at what point, but i know i was 3 cms for a few weeks before active labor started.

my third birth was an induction with pit and arom and internal monitoring -so cant give any relevant info there.
post #46 of 65
Mine broke twice (2 layers of sac), both during pushing. Once was near the beginning and the other near the middle of a 45 minute 2nd stage. Long but easy early labor (20hrs), steady and powerful but quite tolerable active labor (7hrs), medium length and intense pushing stage.

Would have been cool to have him born in the caul, not sure if I'd like the spiritual or superstitious things that are associated with that.
post #47 of 65
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This was me too!!! I kept telling the nurse I felt like I needed to push and she said, "No, I just checked you and you were 4 cm." I told her, nooooooo I really needed to push. She told me again there was no way and that is when I yelled I couldn't do it any more. Then the midwife arrived and checked me and told me that I was complete and the baby was right there. So HA on that nurse.
omg-the nurse at my first birth told me " youre not in as much pain as you think youre in" and "stop screaming youre freaking out the other women on the floor"

well when i screamed and told them i felt like i had to push, she said-lets check and see if youre 6 cm yet, if you are you can have an iv and drugs in your iv-then they pulled the sheet down and my daughter had pushed her head out!! no wonder i was screaming. (one more push and she was born-so i had a hands off birth in a hospital)
post #48 of 65
With my second, my water broke 9 minutes before he was born, with the first push. I had a lonnnng latent stage, but about 5-6 hours of active labor. Most of transition I was in the birth pool and I labored down for quite a while before pushing.

I'm sort of expecting the same with this one (I'm 39 weeks with #3) but who knows what will happen. I definitely remember the sensation of it breaking though!
post #49 of 65
With my first, my water breaking signalled the start of the overwhelming urge to push. I did have to push about 40 minutes, but he had to rotate a bit.

With my second, I felt a little pushy, and then BAM my water broke and she dropped immediately to crowning position. I never felt the Ring of Fire with #1, probably from the extended pushing, but I sure as heck did with #2! She pretty much fell out on the next contraction.

Both labors were very "atypical," too. They started off with backaches that got more rhythmic and regular. I never felt a single contraction across my belly with #1 (they were there, the midwife could feel them with her hand on my stomach) - it was all in my back. With #2 it was like that too, only I could at least sense a tightening acrsos my belly, but all the discomfort was in my back. And I went from irregular 5-minute spaced contractions to pushing contractions without a typical "3 minutes, 2 minutes 1 minute" thing. Once I get into the final groove, I go from 5-6 cm to pushing in less than an hour.
post #50 of 65
The MW tried AROM when I was at 8 cm. She did snag the bag with the hook, but almost nothing came out because DD's head was pushing the bag tight against the cervix (so, keeping all the fluid behind her). The water didn't actually "break" until DD was crowning-- she basically came out on a little tide of water. It was neat.

My labor was 36 hours long. I think because I had the cushion of fluid the whole time, (and because it was gradual) it was very manageable.
post #51 of 65
With #1 they broke my water to "speed things up", was still only a 9 hr labor. #2 was induced by AROM, 8 hrs.
#3, they broke my water after I was fully dilated. 3 hrs
#4 (1st homebirth) my waters broke on their own for the first time, after babe was crowning, 3 hrs. My midwife joked she was a little disappointed, she thought he was going to come in the caul!
I've been led to believe it's a good indication to have a strong bag of waters, and my mom had similar experiences and fast labors too.
post #52 of 65
With #1 they broke my water to "speed things up", was still only a 9 hr labor. #2 was induced by AROM, 8 hrs.
#3, they broke my water after I was fully dilated. 3 hrs
#4 (1st homebirth) my waters broke on their own for the first time, after babe was crowning, 3 hr labor. My midwife joked she was a little disappointed, she thought he was going to come in the caul!
I've been led to believe it's a good indication to have a strong bag of waters, and my mom had similar experiences and fast labors too.
post #53 of 65
the dr broke my water at 9 cm. poor ds ended up with 3 little scratches on his head because he was sooo low.
post #54 of 65
With both of my children my water broke while I was pushing. With DD (#1) I was laboring through transition in a squat, I felt a huge urge to push, and did, and with the push my water broke. I remember grunting and that feeling of Oh--- something is different-- something is coming-- Water broke with a pop and a gush, then I moved over to the bed, complete, and began to push.

With DS (#2) I arrived at the hospital after a few hours of not regular contractions and a strong feeling that it was time to go NOW!!! After chatting with my midwife for a few, she checked me and found I was 9cm with water bulging. I stood up, had two HUGE contractions. Water broke on the second, laid down and pushed DS out in two big pushes.

So for me, water broke with both at the onset of pushing.
post #55 of 65
Baby #1 - induction, waters broke during an exam, baby born hours later (maybe 4/5)
Baby #2 - 4 hr labor (from when I suspected things were happening), transition was at least 45 min, then there was a calmer period (didn't really feel that way at the time), waters broke as I was pushing (thought it was the head popping or something strange), baby born minutes later.
post #56 of 65
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Originally Posted by preciousstone View Post
thanks mama's. this is sooooo interesting. seems like you all had fairly short labors or short pushing stage. be interesting to see how it turns out for me. my family is from the Caribbean and my mom calls water breaking just moments before delivery 'dry labor' but whenever i ask someone in the US/google it, it's the opposite, we refer to dry labor as when the water breaks at the very beginning of labor - meaning you're laboring without the cushion of the bag of waters.

Did anyone have dilation that just jumped to 10 in a very short period. Like say, you went from 4 to 10 in less than an hour, or something?

Yes My first labor was 3.5 hours... my water broke I had 1 hour of no contractions. I got to hospital was 4 cm. 1.5hour later 5cm. 10 min later complete and pushed for 1 hour.

My 2nd 9 hour labor (double nuchal hands). I pushed for about 20 minutes... water broke about 5-10 min before he was born.
post #57 of 65
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my mom and grandmom have had these kind of deliveries, where their water never broke until moments before baby came out. that's all i know, so i'm wondering if there is any kind of patter for this kind of labor. if you had a delivery like this, what was your labor like? long, short, back labor? were all your babies like that?
DD1- About 20 hours of back labour. She was sunny side up so that would explain the back labour. I finally went in for pain meds (we were planning a uc) and she was born within the hour of getting there. Due to the type of pain killer I had they "needed" to break my water but I held them off until I was ready to push. As soon as that was done she was born within 10 min. (though pushing was less....I had a drug overdose so was needing to be woken up between pushes which added some time to it all). Her labour was...startling to me I'd say. I was so set on having a water birth that I hadn't really paid attention to other coping techniques and I think that screwed me over. Water did not help my labour and was actually very irritating. I spent a good portion of my labour angry at all those "they" people who said it would work. This didn't help.

DD2- 10 hours from start to finish though I think it could have been shorter if I weren't stubborn. I was waiting for that urge to push that everyone talks about. I don't get it but was willing to wait and see. This was a UC birth so I'm not sure how long I waited for once I hit complete. Her birth was a breeze but I honestly think any would have been in comparison to DD1's. I had no back labour with her and while contractions started out pretty close from the beginning it was managable. I used my bath tub and spent probably 90% of the labour (and all the birth) in it. Once I decided I was done and started pushing my water broke (from the force of pushing). I pushed hard once, water broke, had a minute or so of a lull, and then BAM! A contraction hit hard and fast. Once that was over I got my bearing and was able to focus on pushing. I pushed for maybe 45 seconds until her head was out and then didn't need to do anymore. Her body spun out on it's own within 30 seconds of her head being out.

Since I am a UCer I don't measure dialtion. I did once or twice with DD2 early on and holy hell that hurt! I stopped after that. I don't have any BH or prodormal labour or anything like that before hand. I'm either in labour or I'm not. Both of them were "overdue" with DD1 being about 8 days late and DD2 being 2 days late. I much prefer having intact water. That contraction after it broke with DD2 was ROUGH. That doesn't even begin to explain it. There I was, floating on my back, in the bathtub, at 40+ weeks pregnant and I flew to a standing position and spun in a circle to find something to grab hold of while telling DH, "I'm not sure what I want anymore!". It was a bit intense. If that's anything like labour without intact waters I want nothing to do with it.

This one is due in Dec. and I'm assuming it'll be the same and my water won't break until pushing or she'll be born in the caul.
post #58 of 65
With ds1 I was induced and the doctor broke my waters to get things going, which led to a prolapsed cord and emergency c-section.

With dd1, I had a 15 hour labour, and the waters did not break until I was fully dilated and had started pushing. The pushing urge came on pretty strongly soon after that, and I pushed for about 30 mins.

With baby no.3, I'll let you know in a day or two! My due date is today and I've started having a few contractions, so hopefully they'll pick up tonight and baby might be here soon! At this moment, the bag of waters is still intact.
post #59 of 65
dd 2's birth, my water broke on the push she came flying out with. I pushed with a bulging bag for 1 1/2 hrs(approx) It sucked, the bulging bag part. Had we not UC'ed, I probably would have asked the MW to break it for me. Maybe in the long run it was good that I was pushing out the bag for so long, she had a nuchal hand, but I only ended up with "skid marks". The labor itself was around 16 hours long with a totally sporadic labor pattern, no discernable transition, so I had no idea what was going on until my body started pushing!

I really religiously drank RRL tea during that pregnancy, so I did get quite a bit of vit c.
post #60 of 65
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Originally Posted by preciousstone View Post
thanks mama's. this is sooooo interesting. seems like you all had fairly short labors or short pushing stage. be interesting to see how it turns out for me. my family is from the Caribbean and my mom calls water breaking just moments before delivery 'dry labor' but whenever i ask someone in the US/google it, it's the opposite, we refer to dry labor as when the water breaks at the very beginning of labor - meaning you're laboring without the cushion of the bag of waters.

Did anyone have dilation that just jumped to 10 in a very short period. Like say, you went from 4 to 10 in less than an hour, or something?
Yep, I was having prodromal labor for WEEKS before the real labor. I lost my plug and started having contractions friday morning, and I didn't go to ths hospital until the became really hard and furious at like 6 monday morning, and I was still only a 1 when I got to the hospital. when they checked me a few hours later i was maybe a 6 or 7 and then i gave birth at 3:18 PM. My water did not rbeak until he crowned.
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