Both my 1st and 2nd were induced, Im afraid. With Abigail I had hypertension and had to be induced with Pit a week and a half early. Labor was about 24 hours.
With Grace my midwife was sure I would go since I had been having false labor and I wasnt due for another 3 days. She ruptured my membranes and... I didnt progress and was given Pit. :/ That whole thing was a little over 14 hours.
With my THIRD... it was fantastic! I was freaking out I was going to have to be induced because his due date came and no labor. I think labor started early the next morning because I was uncomfortable that night and then took a shower and realized I was in labor early in the AM. Got our stuff together, my brother was conveniently already at our house because he had babysat for my other 2 while we went to a movie. We headed to the hospital, and I got in the tub almost immediately. I was 4 cent at that time in and in 45 min I was 10 in transition. They dragged me down to my room (this was a non waterbirth hospital) and he was out 15 min later without any intervention. Was my perfect birth until Emmalia's 20 mos ago! So really I think there are a lot of things that can alter it.
Intervention is one. Without it, my labors go WAY faster better and happier.
My 4th was overdue. We had JUST moved to Florida and were in the hotel still when his due date came. We moved into our house the next day and I just wasnt mentally ready for the baby to come. 4 days after my due date my midwife (who was OCD and neurotic) actually induced me without my permission. Labor was 9 1/2 HORRIFYING hours.
My 5th was also not typical. I went into labor RIGHT as my husband took off into the air to go on a job interview in Canada. There were no flights back that night so he was trying to hold out for the 11am flight back. I went to the hospital that night and was able to somehow get my contractions down to 1-2 an hour but I was still changing the whole night. By 11am I was almost 10cent but still wasnt actively contracting ( I know weird huh>?). When he told me no one would give up a seat so he could get back, I said "well we're having a baby" and BOOM! contractions one on top of another. I got an epidural at that point because my mom was there and my husband was not and she was out ASAP. Labor was about 12 hours.
With Emmalia I went into a slow progression of labor in the morning and then headed to the hospital with the family. Labor was like probably a total of 4 hours because I decided to let everyone wake up slowly for an hour while I washed the floor in the kitchen, hahaha! I was in the hospital for only an hour or two and it felt like I wasnt really going quickly (little did I know). Then... my water broke and it was instant transition. 5 min later she was out.
Im wondering what Justus' birth will be like in a few weeks! Im figuring fast and unexpected given the fact I ignore my contractions since I have so many and because my pubic bone is separated. He has been able to engage in the pelvis MANY times and likes it there more or less lately.
Edited by Jynuine - 4/17/11 at 6:55pm