With ds2, the unbearable urge to push came early. Actually, that whole period was the extent of my labor. I had 10 contractions that I can recall. I start labor pretty late in the game. I had been a stretchy 4-5 cm and 80% effaced for a week. After walking and spending time rocking and swaying my hips on the loo with some BH type contractions I got to 6 cm. I was getting frustrated that labor was not starting. I felt great. Fine. Just very impatient. It's typical for me to hang out at 6-7 cm with no labor. My midwife was very puzzled by it. But it was normal for me.
Well, contractions picked up while I was on the phone with my mom. I recall having about 5 contractions during our conversation. They weren't painful at all, but they were definitely not like the BH type I had been having for a couple weeks. These felt real and were coming about every 2 minutes. I had a feeling things were starting up. Then I started leaking blood and waddled back into the living room to tell/show my midwife. I was still feeling fine. I actually don't recall any contractions at this point. They had me lie on the bed to get checked. Babe was just fine, but my cervix was puffy and swollen, which was where the bleeding came from. I was relaying all of this back to my mom on the phone.
Then they had me roll onto my left side to take pressure off my cervix. I was still 6 cm. It seemed like within a minute I felt a contraction (last contraction I recall was before walking into the living room). It was pretty intense. Next one came about 10-15 seconds later and I felt pressure. Told midwife I was feeling pressure. She said not to push yet as my cervix wasn't ready. 3 contractions later, less than a minute, he was born. I was in such shock. A few minutes before I was talking on the phone with my mom telling her labor would get going soon (30 or so minutes in my mind). My legs were still closed when his head was born. He barreled through and shot out like a rocket.
She and her intern were completely stunned. My husband looked like a deer caught in headlights. I didn't know what to think other than "What the hell just happened?!
Yeah, from the time 'labor' started to birth was 15 minutes. Went from 6 cm and -2 station to birth in about a minute. Similar case with dd2, but labor was 47 minutes. I read up on maternal-fetal ejection reflex. That's exactly what I experienced my babies.
My midwife with ds2 said my pelvic floor and cervix just melted away and out he came. It was extremely forceful.
With dd1, I started feeling pushy at 8 cm and it was intense. I was told not to push because I wasn't ready. Well, I wasn't sure how I could just not push. It was so intense. The nurses said getting an epidural might take the edge off the pressure. I ended up getting it even though I really didn't want it. I think I was 9 cm when the anesthesiologist finally came in to administer it. About 15 minutes after he was done I was complete.