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I'll give the highlights here:

DD1: Had an OB, solo practitioner. I woke up in the morning and had a lot of bleeding, couldn't feel the baby move as much. Dr. told me to get checked at the hospital. They told me I was having cx every 5 minutes but I couldn't feel them. Offered to induce me, I said no. Had me walk around for a few hours. I felt more cramps but nothing bad. When we got back from the walk, they broke my water (Dr. was not there). Things picked up fast. When I was at 8 cm I started hyperventalating. No one helped me or told me it was transition. I asked how much longer it could be-- they said probably hours. So, I asked for something (not an epi) to take the edge off so that I could breathe. While they debated/DH argued no epi, I announced I had to push. THAT was why I had such intense cx. : Dr. finally showed up as the baby was almost out. The whole thing (from getting to the hospital to giving birth) lasted 7 hours. Later on, I hemorraged. I have read that bleeding a lot before giving birth (I bled throughout my labor) usually means you will hemorrage afterwards. Funny that the Dr. didn't know that. :

DD2: 10:00 p.m., had menstrual-like cramps. Thought things would happen that week. By 12, I couldn't sleep through cx, but they were irregular (every 11 minutes). I spent a lot of time in the shower. By 2 a.m., they were every 2-3 minutes. I felt so peaceful. My mom came over to watch DD. We drove to the hospital, which was a 5 minute walk (we should have walked!). Couldn't find the right door! When I finally got in, there was no room ready. I labored 45 minutes in the hallway. MW told me my room was ready just as cx were getting very intense. Walked into the room and had to push. Silly nurses (not the MW) were all flustered because I hadn't checked in yet . . .and my MW was like, "She's having the BABY" and made them focus on that, not their questions. Pushing hurt that time around-- didn't at all with DD1 even though she was born with her arm sticking up.