My mothers first birth (me) and mine were VERY similar. Long prodromal labors, followed by oxygen, being forced to lay on the left side, etc. However, she was only 21 and had no support. Like none, she had to get an acquaintance to drive her to the hospital, my dad was under the ocean in a sub with no communication. I had an incredible amount of support. That is the difference, IMO.
She did agree to AROM, internal monitoring, etc. I only agreed to external monitoring. They never even brought up Internal monitoring with me. I had a great natural OB. These interventions, IMO caused the cord prolapse that led to her first section. An old style. She was basically cut in half. :cry:
My birth ended with a vacuum extraction and was vaginal.
Amazing what a difference 30 years makes, right? She is also 3-4 inches shorter than me, though, FTR, our pelvises are both small, but mine might just be big enough to make the difference. Although I was 7 lbs and my baby was 8.5. Also she was a pack a day smoker (machine rolled remember Lark Lights?). I did smoke an occassional hand rolled OG cig in my second trimester in my first pregnancy), but never more than one a day (yes, I'm deeply regretful of this, but c'est la vie, I am now 3 years completely tobacco free!).