With my daughter (5), I attemped a natural birth in the Alternative Birthing Center at Providence hospital. I was two days past my due date and the OB recommended a "natural induction". Because I was already dilated to three, he thought it would be a good idea to break my water to start things. At 11:30am that he did, my little girl was in a posterior position!! (You're supposed to be able to tell by the soft spots on the baby's head too!) With a birth weight of 9 pounds, and no water to float to turn, she did not budge (according to the OB). I was transerred to Labor and Delivery around 9pm for failure to progress. With the pain being so intense and the threat of a potential section, I lost it by about 11pm. I requested an epidural. The anesthesiologist came up, gave me one and nothing, no pain relief, I had a second at about 1am. The anesthesiologist was a jerk and must have been angry that he had to come up again because he really overdid it. Next, the OB told me that he should do a section because he was "a little worried" about the FHT's. The reason was failure to progress. I had only got to 5 centimeters. During the section, I thought I was dying because I felt like I couldn't breath. Way too much anesthesia, to say the least. I couldn't hold my daughter for nine hours, that's how long it took to wear off. I was paranoid that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed, because the nurse had already fed her a bottle. Overall, the most terrible experience of my life.
My experience could have been avoided had I been less naive and trusted everyone there. The most influential parts of my negative experience were my OB's ignorance (breaking my water!) and the anesthesiologist jerk! I suppose someone else's experience may have been different depending on who their OB or midwife is as well as other staff involved.