I honestly have no clue when it broke... either during transition or sometime during the two hours of pushing. I don't remember it ever breaking but I DO know she wasn't born with it still intact. I was way too focused on contractions and working her down and out and pushing to notice anything like that. I never looked into hypnobirth but from what little I know, I think I kind of did that.. although I've never heard of not noticing the water breaking but I didn't!
I voted in active labour, but actually it has always been during second stage. I can't push effectively while the bow is intact. I have just laboured down and waited for it to break 3x, but did ask my midwife to break it once. The baby is born with the next contraction.
With DS1 my water broke 32 hours before he was born. I labored at home for most of the time and only went to the hospital once I thought I was pretty dilated.
With DS2 I asked my OB to break the water while I was in the pushing stage. The pressure of the sack was too much for me to be able to push DS2 out. DS2 was born a few minutes after the OB broke my water.
Well, I have two babies. With the first, water broke in active labor, I suppose 30 minutes before she was born. The second baby was positioned a bit off and I think forceful pushing while lying down broke my water earlier, maybe 20 minutes before she was born.