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Kellie - posted on 03/07/2012
my 1st was absolute hell. It was 17 n a half hours, 4.5 hours pushing. Problem was i have a twisted uterus which i was told wouldn't cause any complications. Everything seemed fine, labour pains were of course painful but nothing i couldn't handle. Was able 2 endure it without any medication. Then came pushing. After the 4.5 hours, noticing he just wouldn't budge, nurse called a Dr who noticed he was facing sideways. Due to my uterus he'd come down the wrong way. Had to be cut and he had 2 be vaccumned out. Which should have been pretty routine. Except i was cut wrong, stitched wrong and my bowels were stitched 2gether. I didn't realise this as being a 1st time mum, figured everything was spose 2 be sore anyway. Wasn't til my mum said 4 weeks later, this is not normal, U should be able 2 sit by now and took me 2 my Dr. She was disgusted. Had 2 remote stitches, put me on antibiotics 2 kill the infection that had come about as a result, as well as creams and steroids.. Said it was the worst stitch up she'd seen in her career. I had trouble with bowel movements for 14 months following his birth. Couldn't even walk to toilet. Had to crawl. Needless 2 say with my 2nd we opted for an elective Caesarian. Was 100 times better. I felt 10 times better 3 days after than i did 10 months after my 1st... If we go for a 3rd, we will definatly be opting for a Caesarian again
Liz - posted on 03/07/2012
Oh my goodness! I stopped reading after the first three stories! I can't believe you ladies! I'm thinking, jokingly of course, you girls are a bunch of show off's!! I usually don't talk about my labor experience because I don't want to scare new expecting moms! I was two weeks over due on a Saturday so the doc waited until Monday to induce my then 18 year old self at 5am. My water broke sometime that afternoon and when I told the nurse I thought I had "wet the bed" she informed me my water broke. I asked what that meant exactly (hoping it would help move things along more quickly) she said, you're contractions are really gonna hurt now! And on her way out the door said, this is why 18 year olds don't have babies! Anyway, the next morning,(yes 24 hours later) they threw the bed back, slapped oxygen on me, internal monitor on my baby, I asked why, they again acted like I was a dumb a** told me she wasn't getting oxygen, heart rate was dropping. My husband and family demanded they call my doc for the 100th time finally, my sister called him from the phone book, he came, got me new nurses and into the OR! The next babies automatic sections.... I'm happy to say my kids are 21, 20, 19, 18 and 13... I am not a grandparent, I spared my kids NO details........ Hahahaha!
Debra - posted on 03/06/2012
1st was 2 1/2 hours and 45 minutes to push out a 6 lb 5 oz boy with big head (3 epis and over 50 stitches). The 2nd was 13 months later; 5 minutes of labor, was on my way to the hospital by a fluke cause it was 2 months early; anyway 1 hr of pushing and a 5 lb boy.
Karen - posted on 03/06/2012
I woke up at 8 am and went to the toilet, I had a little bit of blood. I phoned mubkidwife she said go to the hospial. I got there about 8.45 am. With no contraction! Walked through the door at the hospial and my contraction started! The midwife checked Me out and I was 7cm. Straight up to delivery, I pushed for 45 mins and out he popped 8lb 10.5oz.
Sally - posted on 03/06/2012
I find it really weird that whenever the topic of labor comes up it becomes a contest to see who can tell the worst story. As long as baby and mum are healthy and in time can recover, does it really matter? There's a reason they call it 'labor', and no matter how fast or long a labor is, nobody looks back and thinks that its something they'd love to do every day of the week. It is what it is, and a healthy outcome is what is important.
Devan - posted on 03/05/2012
I was in Labor for 40 hours, it was the worst pain ever. My edpidural didn't take..We ended up going with a C-Section, and I was put to sleep for the operation, and my sons father couldnt be present for the birth..I wish it would've went differently.
Tyra - posted on 03/05/2012
mine was easy. I didn't even know I was in labor. I was having contractions but I just thought they were braxton hicks. Then finally my mother in law told me to go in. So my sister in law took. When I got to the hospital I was already 7cm two hours later my little boy was born. DRUG FREE lol.
Janice - posted on 03/05/2012
I really enjoy reading all these birth stories. Scary how often doctors and nurses try to ignore what the woman in labor is telling them, dont you think?
I'm glad at least the very experienced anesthesiologist listened. Instead of continuing to try and put in the epidural while I was screaming I needed to push. She stopped and told the nurse to check. Sure enough baby boy was crowning. I had progressed from 7cm to 10 cm in 25 minutes and they couldn't believe it. Obviously its not that fast based on some of the stories seen here.
If there is a #3 I will be getting a doula!
Kim - posted on 03/05/2012
I was in actual labor for three hours, but was admitted to the hospital on a Friday morning and my dd arrived Saturday night. I had blood pressure issues, so they induced twice and the second one finally started my progress. If the second time wouldn't have done it I was going to need a C-section.
Mary Ann - posted on 03/05/2012
With my first, my water broke at 11 am, got an epidural around 3 and she was born at 7 pm, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz. With my second, I was going to the bathroom every 15 minutes, then going back to bed and sleeping. This happened from midnight to 4 am. I woke my husband up and said, "I think I'm in labor." He got me to the hospital and I was dilated 9 cms. I was still able to get an epidural because my water had not broken. The doctor broke my water and baby boy was born at 6:15 am, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz and 22 and 1/2 inches! I again woke my husband up at 4 am with our third child and he was born at 5:29 am. No time for an epidural or even an IV. He weighed in at 9 lbs 1 oz! And no tears! Apparerently my babies like 4 am because my 4th baby also woke me up at 4 am! Got to the hospital around 6 am. For some reason, my doctor thought I needed Pitocin! Worst labor ever! She also gave me Stadol, which I never asked for! She was born at 11 am and weighed 7 lbs 12 oz. Would I do it again?? Most definitely! If only I was younger! My last baby was a blessing and arrived 6 weeks before my 40th birthday. I had always said,"If I don't have another baby before I'm 40, I won't have any more." Surprise!! I am now a grandmother to 2. I got to be in the delivery room with my first grand baby, a girl. Best experience ever!!!
Brooke - posted on 03/05/2012
I am a very fast birther..... with my first, water broke at noon and he was out at 3:45 p.m.. I didn't feel anything until 3:15, so I'd say 30 minutes of hard labor isn't too bad. I was already at the hospital with this one cause they induced me due to high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia. He was 8 weeks early and a 3 lb 12 oz peanut! With my second, my water broke at 1:30 in the morning and he was out at 3:38 am .....we were only in the hospital 14 minutes when he made his appearance! (we had an hours drive to the hospital ....well, should have been an hour, although hubby exceeded the speed slightly .... otherwise, he would have been born in my car!) He was 3 weeks early, but 6 lbs 4 oz. My third, I had contractions every hour all night long, but nothing that I couldn't deal with. Well, actually, I had been having contractions for the past week, but I just thought Braxton Hicks. At 7 that morning, I decided I would go to the dr just to see what was going on. Got to the hospital at 8, and she was out at 9. That would have been sooner if they would have believed me that I was in active labor. The nurse kept telling me I couldn't be active since my contractions were only 7 minutes apart.......my dr finally told them that I wasn't typical and that I WAS in active labor (she wasn't on call in the delivery at the time). Another nurse came in to check me (because the first nurse couldn't feel that I was dialated at all) which she says the reason the first one couldn't feel my dialation was because my daughters head was there already. She was 2 1/2 weeks early and weighed 5 lbs 1 oz.
None of my births had epidural or medication to ease the pain, and yes, just cause they were small, it still hurt!! But what a gift at the end of that pain!
Not sure how fast it would be if we have #4 .... :P
Helen - posted on 03/05/2012
My first was 28 hours. We were litereally in the process of moving house. My sons dad stepped out of the house and fell and broke his foot, we got in an ambulance and the paramedic spoke to both of us, my partner didn't even know I was in labour because I hadn't wanted to both him until I had to lol. I can confirm it gets you through xray and being plastered very quick though ;)
my second was 24 hours, nothing horrendous (aside from the snooty midwife), was having an epidural put in when I said I was pushing, she didn't believe me! once epidural was situated properly I sat back and there was baby's head.
My third was 19 hours and I was induced. I hated it. They tried to break my waters, despite my waters having broken spontaniously on pushing with my previous 2, All they succeeded in doing was covering my baby's head in scratches.
My fourth was 8 hours. A much more pleasant experience. My hubby was desperate for the toilet and after the midwife checking how far dilated I was, (nearly 4cm), I told him not to go because I was havng baby. He couldn't hold off any longer and went to the toilet. When he walked back in I was laid holding our baby girl and asking where he had been, he was gone less than 3 minutes.
Sally - posted on 03/05/2012
Both of mine ould have been better without doctors interferring.
The first was an unneccesary induction. They lied to me about several factors in the hopes of getting paid for a "failure to progress" section because I didn't believe the lies they were telling me to push a scheduled one. It was supposed to be cervix ripening pellet at bedtime, pitocin after breakfast, start pushing the section at lunch, and force it just before dinner. Half an hour after the pellet went in, the contractions were five minutes apart. I was in transition an hour after that. The nurse spent an hour lying to me to scare me into the epidural (which they made so strong I was literally paralyzed below the waist). That slowed things down enough that I was pushing an hour after the epidural went in, given permission to push an hour after that, and she was vacuumed out an hour after that. Then they tortured her for 45 minutes without even letting me talk to her, never mind seeing or touching her. I 100% believe that if they'd let her come naturally, she'd have taken another week AND if they'd calmed me down and gotten me on my feet instead of sticking a needle in my back she'd have fallen out 2 hours sooner without help.
With my second, I was determined to have a midwife to avoid the majority of that crap. The bad news was that the insurance I had at the time required a hospitl birth. The good new was the only midwife in town who worked through the hospital took my insurance and could fit me into her schedule. My prenatal care was wonderful. No lies, no scare tactics, no unneccesary tests to scare into more uneccesary tests. Four hours after the first "Oh yeah! This is it!" contraction, we were on our way to the hospital. The timing was borderline, but my husband had just loaded the car and coaxed me into pants and if it wasn't time to leave, I was getting back in the shower. Things sped up in the car and she literally fell out 20 minutes after we got to the hospital. Unfortunately, that meant my midwife didn't have time to get there and I spent the last 10 minutes of my labor physically fighting a resident who honestly did not believe a baby could be born without mom on her back, feet in the air and was very angry that no one else in the room was listening to a single thing she said. My daughter was born with a tight cord around her neck. Instead of unwrapping it and handing her to me like my midwife would have done, She put her toes back in me, held her up long enough to cut the cord, whisked her off to an incubator, and had a tantrum about no one listening to her until my midwife arrived when she left. At least the nurses were smart enough to keep me talking to and my husband touching our little one until she was breathing okay on her own. They also didn't put her through all the stupid poking and prodding until I'd held her for a while and she'd had something to eat. We also got to hold her through all of it except the bath. I felt a little bad for the poor intern I didn't realize ws in the room until it was all over. He was hiding in the coner, his eyes were enormous and I think he may have been shaking. My midwife went out of her way to calm him down and include him in the clean up though.
Next time I'm going to the birthing center.
Bernadette - posted on 03/05/2012
mine both ended in emergency c-sections due to "failure to progress" and, with my first, "foetal distress". Turns out I just don't seem to dilate, although the intensity of my contractions was distressing the babies as they were strong enough that it should have been nearly time to push, but I wasn't dilated. My second, I didn't get to the point where he was in distress because the midwife recommended going straight to a c-section before he was able to get to that point. She said with the severity of the contractions, he would end up in distress long before I was ready to push, and the doctor (when they finally managed to get him on the phone) agreed. I was in so much pain I didn't argue, despite wanting to have a natural delivery second time round. I want more kids, and didn't want to have to have c-sections every time, but nature decided that one for me... :(
Shannon - posted on 03/05/2012
My first child, 3 days over due. From first contraction to holding her was 12 hours, I was having back labour so I wanted an epidural - which they gave me after I was fully dialated - so i ended up sitting for almost 2 hours not feeling any urge to push, 8lbs 5oz.
With my second child, was 6 days over due and he came in 6 hours. I lived across the street from the hospital so I walked to register, barely made it (my sister had to help me across the parking lot). Tried using the gas instead, but I felt like I was passing out and not with it so I got another epidural, 8lbs 8oz.
Third child was 9 days early and took 18 hours total. Tried to sleep through some of the contractions, had a shot of demerol, but the nurses kept waking me up, ended up with another epidural. And was forced to deliver in the most uncomfortable position (for me) because that is what the doctor wanted. She was only 7 lbs 1oz.
Now we are 22 weeks pregnant and I'm hoping for a shorter labour, maybe this time I will be able to go without the meds (as was my hope with each one) lol.
Dayo - posted on 03/05/2012
My first was 15hours! So long n painful, I was induced and still ve to get cut cos she has cord round her neck, they didn't noticed until I was pushing her out. My 2nd though induced was 2.45min. They both worth the wait
Dayo - posted on 03/05/2012
My first was 15hours! So long n painful, I was induced and still ve to get cut cos she has cord round her neck, they didn't noticed until I was pushing her out. My 2nd though induced was 2.45min. They both worth the wait
Corinne - posted on 03/05/2012
Both my labours were fairly short, easy isn't a word I would use, but as far as childbirth go they were very straightforward, I was in active labour with my son for 6 hours, but pushed for about half an hour, poor little man had a bit of a pointy head. My daughter, I was induced due to high blood pressure, I was in active labour (when my waters broke) for about 20 minutes, pushed her out in 1. Was very quick, extremely painful and she went into shock and had to go on oxygen for a minute. I had to have oxytocin drip to help contract my womb as they were worried about the shock of the quick birth.
Zoe - posted on 03/05/2012
My contractions started 10pm friday night, used a tens machine, and finally went into hospital sunday night (8pm) and was 8cm dilated. few hours hours i was 10cm, pushed for a couple of hours, my son had pooed inside me so they had to use forceps to get him out, he also was face up, he was finally born at 2.05am monday morning. 9lb 5oz. altho the placenta had torn, so i lost pints of blood, was torn inside and out, and was cut, had stitches, which i felt then i passed out, came round hours later in H.D. ward, oxegen mask on, tubes everywhere, finally got to see my baby. was made to stand, and fitted 3 times before they realised i needed 2 blood transfusions!!
Samantha - posted on 03/05/2012
My 1st labour was 26 minutes my 2nd was 31 minutes that was start to finish my boy was 7lb 14/5 oz my girl was 7 lb 7/5 oz no tearing just had and air thru both but preferred just to chew on end of mouth piece. And I'd give birth any day as these two are my miracles considering I was told I could never have kids and had 3 ops to prove that to. Miracles do happen sometimes :)))))) xxxx
Shawn - posted on 03/04/2012
1st baby came in 4 hrs. My water broke at 3:30am had no pains until about 6am I was fully dilated then, pushed for until 7:26am. No pain meds, no epidural. 2nd baby water broke at 7pm. Had one contraction at home I felt. Made it to the hospital had another contraction. They got me up to the maternity floor had one more contraction said I needed to push. The nurse thought I was crazy. So when the contraction was over she checked my the baby was crowning. The baby got stuck on the pelvic bone as soon as he was unstuck out he came. So 45 minutes. Again No pain meds or epidural. The Doc asked if we planned to have any more we both said "No"! The doc said that's good cuz the next one would be delivered at home. Since I have no pains until I'm ready to push!
Roxana - posted on 03/04/2012
My first started at 6:30 am and he was out by 4:35 pm that afternoon. But my Daughter her first contraction was at about 10:30 am on the 17 th of October 2010 and she finally came out at 1:13 am on the 24 th October 2010. But both Children popped out from full dilation in around a hour to a hour and a half. Really the last half hour was the best and really the easiest bits, because it was just about bloody over after 9 months!! Both Children went to term.
Kari - posted on 03/04/2012
My 1st was an induction - 3 hours start to finish, I hyperventilated and nearly passed out. I got an epidural but it didn't take full effect until after he was born.
My 2cd was 6 hours start to finish, got the epidual and had to wait for a doctor to show up. He crowned on his own and I pushed once.
My 3rd was an induction and it took 3 hours of waiting for the medicine to kick in and only 1.5 hours of active labor. I sat up for my epidural and he crowned. They got the line in but only a test dose of medicine.
Jade - posted on 03/04/2012
I was induced with my first, and from the time of induction (by cervidal-sp?) and my first son being born was a total of 15 hours but I was in hard labor for about 8 hours..... Pushed for 2, had to have an eposiotpmy and forceps..... Painful!! My second my water broke at home at 10am he was born just after 2pm and only 3 pushes (drive said the first was a practice lol apparently I'm a good pusher)
Lauran - posted on 03/04/2012
I started having irregular contractions on a Monday evening. They stayed constant but irregular until Wednesday late afternoon. By midnight they were less than 5 minutes apart. Got to the hospital around 1 AM Thursday (on my due date!) and they were 2-3 minutes apart. But I was only dilated to 1. They very nearly sent me home.
Instead they had me walk the halls for about an hour before checking me again. I was still at a 1. Again, they almost sent me home, but the on-call doctor said "Eh, it's her due date, let's have a baby."
So I was hooked up to an IV and allowed to labor on my own with periodic checks. By 6 AM I was still only at a 2. Soon after that, they started a pitocin drip to strengthen the contractions, trying to get me to dilate. (Which I think was the wrong move, in hind sight--the contractions were plenty strong already, I just wasn't dilating--they should have tried cervidil instead.)
Anyway, finally got an epidural around 8 AM, when I was at a 3. The epidural worked for less than 2 hours. They were unable to get it working again, and I was told later there was a pool of blood behind my back the size of a dinner plate where the needle had come out.
A new doctor came in, broke my water and told me the baby was sunny side up, which is why I was having such a hard time dilating.
I was in a ridiculous amount of pain. Pitocin-induced contractions plus an overactive nerve with no pain killers that were working was hellacious. By 1 PM I was still only at a 5. The contractions were right on top of each other and the stabbing pain from the overactive nerve on my right side had me nearly in tears. I kept trying to roll over to my left side to give my right side some relief, but the nurses kept nudging me back over to my right. Finally I asked them why, and they told me the baby's heart rate was dropping every time I moved to the left. Even though I hadn't known that, I felt like the worst mother in the world! I started bawling and could. not. stop. (Hormones are crazy things! Once the dam was broken, that was it.)
Around 2:00 the doctor came in, told me I was still at a 5 and we needed to start talking c-section. My cervix was swelling, baby's head was swelling, and the doctor said I could keep trying but he was afraid of significant tearing if I were to deliver vaginally.
It only took me a couple of minutes to decide to go ahead with the c-section. At that point I just wanted it over with. Because of the botched epidural, the spinal block they tried to give me for the surgery did not work--though it took my screaming my lungs out to convince the nurses of that. "Oh, you don't feel pain, you just feel pressure." Um, no--I know the difference, thanks.
Baby was born at 2:24 via c-section, for which I was under general anesthesia. I am having a scheduled c-section with my second baby--next Thursday! Hope I'm able to be awake for this one.
Melissa - posted on 03/04/2012
My first one was about 8 hours but had been in the hospital for about 15 hours induced after 7 hours pain wasn't bad pushed her out in about 30 min she was born at 1243am natural birth. My second was almost 4 hours in labor arrived at the hospital and waited almost an hour to be taken back smh and in the triage my water broke thanks to me sneezing when they checked me i was almost 4cm and then the pain got worst the baby heart rate dropped thy checked agaid and i was 10cm (in a matter of 15min max) and so many doctors running in they took me to l&d on the ride in the elevator i started pushing and it took me about 45min to push him out also natural birth
Nykee - posted on 03/04/2012
1st was an induction... from first "real" contraction to delivery was 5 hours.
2nd came on her own... about 6 and a half hours... waited around at home too long, missed my chance for an epidural. Had her about an hour after I got to the hospital.
3rd was induction again... started very mild contractions around 4... got an epidural... took a nap, woke up with a lot of pressure and delivered him 11 minutes later in one contraction, 4 pushes. Crazy fast.
I've been blessed with easy pregnancies and deliveries, though I always gain a little more weight than I should.
Kristin - posted on 03/04/2012
first was 17hrs active labour ending in emergency C section.
Second was 4hrs active labour, VBAC, gas only. Was SO much better!
1st baby was 11 days late, Posterior (face up) and 9lb 8oz... Second I worked really hard to keep him Anterior, and he was 10 days early, only weighed 7lb 14oz!
Joan - posted on 03/04/2012
My first one came within 8 hours or so of my checking into the hospital. My second in about half that time and my third one in about 2 hours after I got to the hospital. I had all 3 naturally--no medication. My first one they finally put a fetal monitor on me to check my contractions--I could only feel about 15 sec. of the hardest part of the contraction and then it only felt like a hard cramp. I was very fortunate!
Andrea - posted on 03/04/2012
my first child from the time my water broke 6 1/3 hours, 2nd child 2 hours 3rd child was no labor, i went in to be checked, they ended up breaking my water when they did the exam and caught my son at same time.. my 4th one about an hour before they broke my water and 10 minutes after that... my 5th one about 20 minutes and no doctor was there to catch her. midwife said there was no reason to get the doctor as she just checked me and i was at a 5..2 minutes later my daughter was laying on the bed after being pushed out when i sat up.. my 6th one was 13 hours due to she was 3 weeks early and already a big baby.. my last one was 5 minutes from them breaking my water to holding her.... the only thing i took with all my labors was sadol, the one that goes into the IV..
Michelle - posted on 03/04/2012
From the time i left for the hospital til holding the baby: 1st one under 4 1/2 hours, 2nd one 1 1/2 hours and 3rd one a little bit longer because midwife wanted me at the hospital as soon as I had consistent contractions (not even that strong). My babies come too fast! Labor stopped, they broke my water and less than 1 hour I was holding my 3rd baby!
Leann - posted on 03/04/2012
I had one baby and I was in labor 4 hours. He came so fast there was little time for medication. The baby was in distress and so was i because he was coming but the water would not break. The doctor cut it and me. it was too late for a cesarean. Thank God it was over fast cause it wasn't easy. I was in recovery over a day and on oxygen. A blood vessel had ruptured. I believe the rapid labor and high blood pressure had something to do with toxemia.
Vangelina - posted on 03/03/2012
I was in labor about 15 hours, which I induced a bit with castor oil... kinda funny story where my doula told me about it ( I had been taking primrose oil and anything else I could find to naturally induce) finally she mentioned the castor oil but then she warned me not to do it. I lasted 1 hour on that warning, but like a disobedient child I headed to walgreens at about 1 in the morning after a sleepless night and pacing. That darn oil worked about 2 hours after taking the 2 spoon fulls I all of a sudden had to use the bathroom in the WORST way. Think back to every diarrhea joke or movie scene ever and that was me (Steve Martin in Bringing down the House), I mean I was on the toilet actually laughing. that first wave over, and the laughs stopped. The contractions began with a vengeance and Cheyenne popped out later that night. I had a water birth and mom says she popped out swimming. It was quite funny. I had to labor on the bed for a short time to turn her and that was excruciating compared to the calming water. Even though the midwife said the water had a calming and soothing effect, making the labor longer, I wouldn't have it any other way next time.
Keli - posted on 03/02/2012
My Labor was a piece of cake,labor was only 11 hours contactions only felt like angrier period cramps so i wasnt in much pain, No drugs needed, Pushing was a little more difficult,baby was stuck and didnt go anywhere for awhile,resulted in a 4th degree tare.15 months later im still dealing with the tare aftermath. it sucks!! next one im told will be a c-cection,im not meant too have babies naturally!
Amber - posted on 03/02/2012
My labor was induced at 39 weeks and I was already dilated to 3 cm without having any contractions. I was in labor for 6 and a half hours and I only remember pushing 3 times. I was told I have one of those bodies made for birthing babies and if I have a second child I should seriously consider camping out in the hospital parking lot from 37 weeks on! Luckily, I live within a 20 minute drive of three hospitals! I'm also lucky that my mom is a former OB nurse and a nurse anesthetist and she recognized that I needed my epidural pretty early on. Otherwise, I would have had to deliver without it.
Naomi - posted on 03/02/2012
My first was induced, no pain meds, 8 hours from first getting induced to the birth. My second, well, lets just say if I wasn't already in the hospital for PIH, just down the hall from the LDR, I might've not made it on time! My coach (husband) barely got there on time!
Threasa - posted on 03/02/2012
My 1st was 18 hrs & 45 mins after my water broke, & pushed for 2 hrs :(. My 2nd was 14 hrs after my water broke and pushed for an hr. I used a midwife with both my kids and i would do the same again!!