I am a high stress/high anxiety person. With my last baby my water broke and she wasn't born for eight more days (after going to the hospital and being induced). I did everything from castor oil (YUK) to accupuncture and everything in between. While everything *worked* and would cause contractions I just couldn't get into labor. I was at a 6 when I arrived at the hospital, however. I was SO anxious the moment my water broke and continued to be stressed and irritable throughout those 8 days. I feel that phsycholigically I stalled my labor. I don't fear labor, don't fear the pain, none of that. I don't know what it is. Probably the fear of not being in control. Anyway - I am afraid that's happening again. I"m at a 3 and very effaced. I'll go for hours with regular, close, strong contractions. Then something happens or the kids start fighting, I get all irritated, and the contractions stop. I've tried to talk myself down, herbs, etc. I'm not sure what to do. I don't want the many week labor again!!! HELP!