Natural labor vs induction

Krysteen - posted on 12/08/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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With my first child I induced at 41 weeks exactly. My labor from first contraction to baby greeting the world was 4 hours with only 20 minutes of pushing.
This birth will be a natural home birth, and I'm nervous because Last time I think my labor was shorter because I dilated so quickly and have very strong painful contractions and ended up getting the epidural at 3 centimeters. I took a nap and called the nurse in when I woke up because the epidural never really kicked in I could feel it when I went to be and woke up it just didn't feel like a bus was driving over me maybe a small car lol. When the nurse came in she checked me and during one contraction I went from a seven to a nine and she said I was ready to push by the time they transformed the bed I was a ten. That's really fast for a first child but I'm wondering if I just have short labors and should expect another short labor this time or should I expect something longer? I know the pain will be more manageable since I will be able to go into the bath and move around and the endorphins will help but I'm nervous about having a longer labor than what I expect and not being prepared for it somehow.

When I told my midwife about my first labor only lasting four hours she seemed a bit surprised also knowing I was induced and she said this one will be really easy for me then. What do you ladies think? Any personal experiences with inducing on first child and natural on the second?

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