is it possible for a delivery mom not to break her water before delivery?

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it is mostly stated that the first sign of child delivery is when your water broke, but it seems to me that this sign have change as there seem to be some women who say they gave birth to their children without breaking their water, so is it possible for dat to happen?

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Dayspring - posted on 03/30/2010

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It happened to me with my second child! I was surprised and ended up having an unplanned home birth. My first labor the Dr. had to break my water well into transition, since my labor stalled, and things progressed better from there.

Delia - posted on 06/18/2011

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The water breaking is a sign that labor may be about to start, or sometimes it breaks along with the onset of labor. Other times, the bag of water remains intact and acts as a cushion to baby's head and Mamma's cervix throughout labor, breaking sometime during the labor, or sometimes not at all, in which case the doctor or midwife will snag it open and wipe it off babies face once the head is out.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son was born with the amniotic sack still in tact! I went to the hospital and had my son 40 min later, ( fast ) My Dr. didnt even make it, nurses had to deliver him.... And he was 6 pounds 9 oz. So maybe because he was fast and small? The nurses said it was not common at all

Soleil - posted on 03/29/2010

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ilitterly pushed my waters out then they burst on the bed then 5 mins later and 2 pushes my son was born !

Candice - posted on 03/28/2010

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It happened to me with my second daughter!! The membrane broke on her way out. My labor lasted 7 hours and half an hour of pushing and she was not a small baby 9lbs 10oz. I was told by my midwife that it is really healthy for the baby to be born in the caul. I think it would happen more if doctors didn't choose to break the membrane.

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Rachel - posted on 03/30/2010

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When giving birth to my son (my first child) my waters didn't break until he came out...the nurses kept asking me if they had broken but nope, not until he came flying out (he came out like superman with his arm up beside his head)...then the waters came after.
With my daughter the waters didn't break till right before she was delivered...another shock to the poor midwives. They actually said that if I go on to have a third...I should warn them to wear fishermans overalls so they don't have to change their trousers. lol

Andrea - posted on 03/30/2010

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out of everyone i know I am the only one who has had water breaking as the first sign of labor. all my sisters and friends typically get their water broke by the doc at the hospital or well after labor has began. I've heard of babies delieved in the membranes still but i think that it is still pierced and not fully intact.

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I have 3 children the 1st 2 the midwife broke my waters and in less than 2 hours they were out . Number 3 was born in her sack . Very scary because the baby is born blue and very quiet. Only a 3 hour labour from start to finish . P.s baby making up for being quiet now though

Stephanie - posted on 03/29/2010

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It is a most likely sign of the beginning of a labour process, yes, but not always. It happened with my first. But when the second one was born, the doctors ended up having to break the water to make it easier for baby to come out. Usually, if they can, the doctors will break it for you after you have been in labour for a time and you are dilated. Rarely, can the baby come without the water breaking. Usually the water breaks on its own or is broken by the doctors sometime before the baby appears, that is, if it is a normal vaginal birth or if it begins as a normal vb.

Jill - posted on 03/29/2010

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My water broke when I was only 2 cm dilated - I had to be induced because my blood pressure was too high. In my case I had an excess of fluid, so there was a gush, which kept up until my son was born. In my case, however, once the water broke, they checked me and realized my son was an arm first breech, so they had to do a c-section.

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My water didn't break until I was well into labour. My first sign was irregular contractions and then the 'show'.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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My first was similar to Chelle. One midwife examined me and said, are you sure your waters haven't broken, I can't feel a membrane, then the shift change and thenext one to examine me said she reckoned the membrane was flat over the bubs head with no water between it and the bubs' head. She tried to break it, but there was no gushing and bub was born not long after, there was no real gushing during the labour at all, so maybe there wasn't much around her. She did have a scratch on her head where the midwife had tried to break my waters. My second baby came very quickly (2 hrs) and the waters bulged and broke shortly before delivery, then with my third, the waters broke first, but there was just a constant leak everytime I had a contraction, no gush.

Kimberly - posted on 03/29/2010

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I had been in full labour for over 12 hours before the docs broke my waters inorder to try inducing labour but my chloe was as stubborn as me and after 27 hours of labour i was forced to hav a c-section. Some people do give birth with the amniotic sac still surrounding their baby but unless the waters have broken it will be too big to pass through.

Hayley - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have had 4 children1 cesar and 3 natural births and 2 of them without my water breaking until delivery, the water actualy broke as the head was crowning both times one was a 9 hour labour the other a 2 hour labour.

Andrea - posted on 03/29/2010

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My water didn't break on it's own wither either of my children. With my 1st the doc broke my water at 8cm & with my 2nd the bag of waters was actually pushed out with the baby & the doc broke it then.

So, yes, it is possible!

Angela - posted on 03/29/2010

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with my 1st my waters broke as i started to get regular contractions and it was another 6hours before i gave birth, with my second labour was well established and my waters didn't break until about half hour before baby came. my sister in law has had 3 kids and she said that with the 2nd one she had to have her waters broken as labour progressed and the 3rd was delivered still in the sack of water. i think it is unusual for waters not to break before birth but not unheard of.

Carol - posted on 03/28/2010

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My water did not break. When I was 9 cent, my doctor broke it and my daughter was born half an hour after.

Victoria - posted on 03/28/2010

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Are you expecting?I found the hard labor started when my doctor broke my water at 4 cent.But with number five my water brok 23 hr. before I gave birth and the labor stayed irregular because her head wasnt comming down.

Katelyn - posted on 03/28/2010

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My water didnt break until about 5 minutes before I actually gave birth. Granted my labor went very fast which is really rare for a first child but i could actually feel the bag of water come out of me a little before it burst. But before that I had contractions for about 4 hours and had to rush to the hospital because while at home i felt like i needed to push. i only waited the 4 hours thinking i was going to be in it for a while but then it ended up being the opposite.

Ruby - posted on 03/28/2010

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with my first child my water ruptured and it leaked slowly. with my second, the doctor punctured it at 8 cm.

Danielle - posted on 03/28/2010

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to my knowledge MOST people don't have their water break on their own
at least that's what my doc said

Camille - posted on 03/27/2010

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It is absolutely possible. I dont know how often it happens but I know that my sister was born in her "balloon" as I called it at 5 years old lol. The membrane was intact and the fluid was still inside. Her midwife just tore it open when she came out. It was very neat and a great memory for me.

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2010

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My water did not break. We (my midwife and I) waited and waited...until I was in the pushing phase - and finally she decided to break it so I could finally give birth to my son. He was born with the membrane still around him.

Eleisha - posted on 03/27/2010

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I didn't realize that waters not breaking usually means a longer labour. I guess I was lucky. I was in labour 6 hours from first niggling pain to end and my waters were broken just before her shoulders came out :)

Crystal - posted on 03/27/2010

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my water broke both time with each of my sons ;) gets i was lucky both with fast labors too

Nadine - posted on 03/27/2010

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My bag of waters didn't break when I was in labor, the doctor actually opened it to get things going a little bit faster:-) Oh yeah, and it worked!

Jessie - posted on 03/27/2010

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your water can stay intact throughout the entire birth. I have seen videos of births where the child was still in the amniotic sac. Labor is longer and pushing more difficult but in some cultures it is considered good luck for the baby.

Anne - posted on 03/27/2010

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I went in to the hospital to have my first baby and was only in 3 hours before she arrived. I was having contractions every few seconds but because it was my first the doctors and nurses did not believe it would happen so soon. I was fully dialted and really, really needing to push but everyone kept telling me I couldn't because it was too soon and my waters hadn't even broken. My husband yelled at them to check me again and so they did and as they pushed the sack it gave a pop, the water came out and I knew I could push then so my baby arrived that instant! The OBGYN just made it in the door and got a glove on before he had to catch!

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My waters broke way before my contractions started but because the babies head was right down he blocked the cervix so only a tiny bit escaped. It could have been easily missed had it happened in the shower, toilet or during the night... It happened @ 9:30pm and contractions didn't start till a little after 7 the next morning.

Eleisha - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter was crowning and my waters still hadn't broken. The midwife broke mine just before her shoulders came out.

Melisa - posted on 03/27/2010

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I LOVE the stories of the waters still in tact -- Good for you ladies! I hear it's lucky in MANY cultures. My waters didn't break until I was well into pushi My midwife knew I would have been very un-happy had she tried to break them for me. Just let it happen!

Chelle - posted on 03/26/2010

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mine was a different experience to everyone here. When they did feel around for the baby after i was 8cm dilated they asked me if i had remember my waters breaking, i figured this was something i would not forget, and up until that point had seen no signs of this happening. However they maintain that he did not have the amniotic sac around him??

Kim - posted on 03/26/2010

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My second child was born with the amniotic sack still in tact. My doctor believed this happened because my labor was so quick (went from 3 cm to 10 cm in 1 hr, pushed for 15 min). They did "pop" it right away and my son pinked right up and began to cry. He did say it is extraordinary in this day in age because they usually assist by breaking the water sooner. That was 8 years ago.

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2010

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My water broke before the onset of contractions with my first, with my second I was at the pushing stage before the Dr had to break my water for me. So I think it just depends on the size of the baby, the amount of fluid and the thickness of the membrane.

Moneque - posted on 03/26/2010

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During my labor I was 6cm before I went to the hospital and the doctor broke my water

Andrea - posted on 03/26/2010

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Yes, before delivery, not necessarily before labor starts - it's uncommon for it to break first (like Claire said only 25%). But it usually breaks somewhere during the process.

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my aunt just inform that the doc had to help someone by breaking her water before she had to deliver her baby

Claire - posted on 03/26/2010

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All the information I've read says that only 25% of labours start with the "waters breaking" but most will do during the labour process. I haven't heard of any that don't break at all.

Anna - posted on 03/26/2010

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Sometimes the water doesn't break until well into labour. Some babies are born with a 'caul' where they come out with the membrane around them, mostly intact. (It's a lucky sign!) But I think it still 'breaks' - I don't think the whole thing could come out with all the fluid still inside it.

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