Gave birth in a midwife unit of large hospital with CNM - no docs, thought it would be much more natural than it was.
Attempt to strip membranes at 41 weeks 4 days - couldn't reach them! Labor started though and never stopped until baby came.
Overnight at the hospital that night, but sent me home because I declined pit and wasn't dialating at all.
Back to the hospital at 41 weeks 6 days, still in labor, still not dialated. They admitted me only when I agreed to pitocin.
IV antibiotics due to step b +.
Broke my water around noon at 42 weeks. Still hadn't dialated after several hours.
Pit was bumped up twice.
Urine cath which I did not want but reluctanly agreed to - didn't help with anything.
After shedding not one tear for 3 days of intense back pain, including several hours with one minute on one minute off contractions with max dose of pitocin and still only dialated to a 3.5, they offered nubain, said it would maybe help me relax and dialate, so I agreed. Boy it did help me relax - I had a new dream every 60 seconds while I slept inbetween contractions (hadn't slept for at least 2 days at that point) and within 2 hours had made it to 10!
Pushed for 2 hours 20 minutes, 3rd degree tear.
Planned homebirth for this one due in Jan.