I was induced with my second and the OB ( a different one) broke my water.
Cool to read about all the babies born en caul.
First one, 24 hours in at 4cm's (stayed at 4cm from 12 hours in until 30 hours in, then progressed normally and he was born after 38hrs).
Second, it broke in 2 layers, the first at 9cm or so after 26 hours or so, the second layer during pushing, 27 hours in, at complete but with a lip as the midwife helped push the cervical lip aside (yes she got splashed). Much as I knew about birth I did not know your water could break twice with one baby.
I don't know when my water broke. I was in the hospital with contractions coming every few minutes. I was told I was only 1cm dilated at that point, and I was so disappointed and in pain, I went to sit on the toilet in the bathroom (felt like having a BM). 30 minutes later, dd was born into the toilet. I know my water didn't break when she crowned. She slipped out right after crowning, and I had screamed in shock. Everything was hazy after that with the midwife and dh running in to check on the baby. I never did find out whether she was born en caul or not.
My first, as others have said, had my waters broken to 'speed up the process' when I wasn't in full labor! (you only know after having 2 I say)
My second, I was 6 days late & BEGGING for them to break my waters & they didn't, just sent me home after a stretch & sweep (youch). Within in the hour I was back at hospital. 15 mins after that I was in full labor bellowing like a cow.... (quite hysterical the next day), & once I felt a drop you like a well, I guess babies head fall down into your 'cavity' My waters broke. & I smiled (or squealed with joy knowing I HAD DONE IT!!)