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My first labor was weird. My water broke and I didn't go into labor until 12 hours later . We got to the hospital after four hours of later and I had an epidural, even though I had hoped for a natural birth. I was at 10 within the hour. So yes, pretty quick labor for a first time mom. But after I dilated fully, my midwife concluded that the baby hadn't descended *at all.* That's pretty unusual and I would have had a C-section with most obs. But there was no distress and my midwife "let me" ride and five hours later the babe figured it out and descended. Pushed for about thirty minutes and had a vaginal birth and with a small tear.
With my second, I worked really hard with hypnobabies, I saw a prenatal chiro when the babe was breech and successfully flipped her, I also saw their acupuncturist for "cervical readiness." I was really skeptical of the later but I also listened to my mom's birth stories this time and her first labor was very difficult due to a pelvic misalignment. I didn't want to take any chances. I was expecting another labor with a possible delayed descent so I tried to work on some visualizations with the baby moving down quickly and the cervix opening.
My water broke again around 12 hours before my labor. This time I didn't even bother to call my husband and just went to bed. =) All the next morning I listened to the hypnobabies really loud, kept stress away from me, and played with my son. I didn't feel any labor so either I wasn't experiencing it or the hypnobabies kept it out of my consciousness, probably the former. When I finally started to feel a few twinges I sent my son and the toddler to the park. She was born as unplanned, unassisted homebirth almost exactly 2 hours 20 minutes later. About twenty minutes after they left labor began with a boom and I really was working hard on visualization, hypnobabbies techniques, within an hour I could barely make it to the phone to call doula (who said she raced to our house but still missed birth). I don't remember very many breaks in the contractions. It was wild. I was intense. I don't remember any breaks in the contrx. Hyp helped for awhile. Husband got home with terrified toddler about 20 minutes before birth and went to calm toddler in the other room and call 911 because he didn't think he could drive me.
Meanwhile, the only place in our apartment I could tolerate was the toilet, which was good because I felt a lot of pressure and thought I was going to have diarrhea. I finally let go with a big push and realized, whoops, that’s a baby. When I realized that birth was very soon I was estatic because it meant the contractions were almost done. I didn't even call for my husband. The pushing felt so good. I just gave two or three more big pushes (which felt SO much better than the labor) and she slid out. Caught her, held her to my chest, and my husband wandered in a few minutes later. It was awesome and I felt great. Very easy recovery. The EMT arrived a few minutes later and cut the cord and transported us the hospital. I got hassled a bit about emergency room and I finally was able to deliver the placenta in the labor room. After I bounced up and took a shower shocking everyone. (My midwife didn't make it and the ob who delivered the placenta has an absurd c-section rate.)
It was beautiful and although I would never plan an unassisted birth I can't imagine a more wonderful moment. If we have another child, I'll definitely plan a homebirth with a midwife.
So yes, wild and intense and short. I wish everyone was so lucky!