Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Peterborough, ON Canada
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OK, as some one who unexpectedly had her second child at home on the FLOOR because labour was just sort of wandering and not really progressing and then suddenly really really was.... if you have done this before AND you suddenly feel a step up in the intensity, even if there are GAPS between the contractions, if you're talking 2-4 minutes start to start and you're experiencing really solid 90 second contractions, I would get your butt to the hospital.
I had those for about 15 minutes with ds (had them for FOUR HOURS with dd)
Then had them last about 120 seconds and he was born on the floor, not two minutes after my midwife said "oh you're only 5cm dilated, we have tones of time to go to the hospital"
Not to be hysterical here but if you think things are picking up, sacrifice your pride and get your butt to the hospital.
yes, you might not like to be sent home but you also might not LIKE having an unplanned homebirth. Yes, its a funny story to tell but it was a bit hard to deal with at the time transition on my living room floor, panting so as not to push (cause boy did my body WANT to for that last five minutes before she did) and not being able to tell dh what I was doing, he thought I was hyperventilating, my midwife was on the way but still not there with me.... and then my water breaking literally as she took off her shoes.
It was a scary15 minutes.
Once she was in the door I think I finally relaxed and he was born under five minutes of her entering my house. I swear, I bet have pushed him out before she got there but I was trying desparately to hold on....
don't doubt yourself.