I don't know about yours, but here's my story:
When my mother was in labor with my older brother, her first, she went to the hospital right away. After 12 hours of slow progression, they broke her water and started pitocin. They kept upping the pitocin until they did a C-section for distress. It was an emergency C, so a bad cut, and they didn't let her do a VBAC. So her C was "necessary" in that her baby was in distress, but would he have been in distress if they hadn't broken her water an dstarted pitocin?
Because of this, I stayed home with each of my labors until the very end. And am I glad I did! With DS1, I went into "labor" at 10 pm on Sunday. By 8 pm Monday, contractions were 3 minutes apart, 1.5 minutes long. My water broke 10 pm TUESDAY, and there was meconium, so I went to the hospital. I was 8 cm when I went in. I was still 8 cm at 2 am, when my midwife pushed me to take an epidural since I hadn't slept from Sunday and she was afraid I wouldn't be able to push. Being me, I insisted on reading the whole disclosure, but contractions were nearly continuous so it took nearly two hours -- by which time I'd started pushing so the question was moot.
With #2, I started having regular contractions maybe 9 pm on Friday. 10 am or so Saturday, I checked myself and I was 5 or 6 cm dilated. I went in to the hospital at 10:30 pm when I felt like I was going to die (transition) and gave birth at 11:30.
Because I had so little time from when transition started to when I gave birth with #2, DH and I felt like it would be prudent to go to the hospital earlier with #3. I was in active labor from Thursday mid-afternoon. I had talked with my doctors about coming in to the office to be checked in labor if I so wanted; they said fine originally, but when I called the office Friday morning they insisted I go to the hospital because it was clear to them from my voice (again, 1.5 minute contractions every 2-3 minutes) that I was in active labor. I refused, but I did check myself -- 6 cm, Friday 10 am.
I went in at 4 pm, and measured 7 cm. I told them I had a while to give birth because I knew I hadn't hit transition yet, but the doc and nurses rushed me to L&D expecting me to give birth in minutes, it seemed. At 7:35 I was just hitting transition when the doc checked me, still at 7 cm. She went into a whole long rant about how I had to submit ot interventions, I was going to have a C-section anyway, no one could stall that long and have labor start up again naturally. Mind you, there were zero indications of trouble, baby was doing just fine. I told her my first two births had also been long, stalled labors. She insisted that because in each case I didn't get to the hospital until 8 centimeters, I must have not been in active labor until then. Huh?
DH refused to let her bully me and lo and behold -- DS was born ON HIS OWN perfectly healthy with no interventions at 8:30.
Can you imagine what she would have done if I'd come in at 10 am when the practice had insisted and dilated only one centimeter between 10 am and 7 pm? Ther'es only so much bullying I can resist when I'm having constant, severe contractions. I have no doubt that had I been in the hospital from the morning this baby would have been a C.
The upside is that DH is now finally willing to pay out of pocket for a midwife for next time. He doesn't want to have to deal with that again.