Preparing for the possibility of a fast home birth with no midwife present?(48 Posts)
Not wanting to scare myself, but it feels like a sensible precaution for me and DH to know what we should do if my birth is so quick that the midwife doesn't make it on time. DC1 arrived very quickly (3hrs from first indication which was waters breaking to baby arriving and only about 30 mins of pushing) so this time I'm planning a home birth. Obviously if all goes well, the midwife will be with me/us. If it's crazily fast, there is a chance I could be alone at home (if DH at work) or at home with DS on our own, or with DH. Would love to hear from others who have experienced this with any tips.
My second was born about 40 minutes after I woke up. It is amazing how fast they will get a paramedic out to you when you tell them that you can feel the waters bulging out! If it's that fast, it is usually also quite easy and straight forward.
Put the delivery suite number into your phone. Keep it with you and charged.
DS slept right through it all in the next bedroom. Woke to house full of strangers (fast response paramedic, 2 ambos and a midwife (she came about 45 minutes after DD was born))
If you have the baby, just cuddle her until someone comes. If you have called, the midwife at delivery suite will stay on the phone with you until someone arrives. They will talk you through it (hopefully more calmly than the midwife screaming at DH "Tell her not to panic", which of course made me think that panic was the normal response, and I wasn't panicking, why wasn't I panicking???" Keep baby warm, skin to skin with you.
Make sure you have a really good mattress protector on - we had to buy a new mattress topper
Good luck - DS was 14 hours of at home pottering around, walking around the shops with mild contractions, then 3 hours at hospital before delivery, DD was days of stop start, then 40 minutes of active labour. DD2 just will not come out and I am fed up. I am also 20 minutes from hospital in good traffic, but it is snowing and we have a steep escarpment to drive down, plus DH would need to organise work and drive home, pick up DD from childcare, take her to babysitter, and they don't do homebirths in this part of Sweden
Since you're planning a home birth anyway you should have most things to hand, dd2 was born in the space of 6 minutes in our downstairs loo and all I had to hand to wrap her in was a slightly grubby hand towel... so if I were to do it again (which I hope not, we are finished with babies, barring accidents) I would make sure and have a pile of fluffy towels and blankets in strategic places upstairs and downstairs! Good luck hope it all goes well.
Has it been suggested that you have an induction prior to the previous gestation you gave birth at? I'd be seriously freaked at the idea of a fast home birth without a midwife, and I say that as someone who has had a home birth!
Thanks for the ideas so far - great tip about keeping strategically placed piles of clean towels about the place, thanks smaths. No, I have never heard of anyone having an induction in a situation like this mrsminiver and I wouldn't want one - happy to let things happen naturally and if it's quick, that's a bonus and as long as I'm prepared, all should be fine. First birth was uncomplicated.
this exact thing happened to me!
had a homebirth with ds2 who was 6 hrs, planned another for ds3 not expecting him to be ridiculously fast.
went into labour in middle of night, called midwives who said they'd be an hour (!) but that if i needed to push we should ring an ambulance. I suspect they could hear me while dp was on the phone and knew it was quite intense already lol
managed to get the birth pool inflated AND filled
needed to push before midwives had arrived so dp called ambulance, I got into birth pool, and ds3 was born next contraction. Ambulance arrived about 5-10 mins after that, and the midwives were about another 10 mins after that
waking up to giving birth was 48 mins.
It was intense, and I was slightly shell-shocked but actually it was a lovely experience and I didn't feel worried at all during the labour, it all just happened!
I have read that precipitous labours generally are that way because everyhting is "right" which means it just progresses quickly and baby is born with no issues. Obv that's no guarantee but was def true in my case.
bundaberg wow that's a lovely story, thanks for sharing. I would love for it to all happen like this, especially at night so DS sleeps through the whole thing and we don't have to call on any friends/family to come and sit with him!
Bloody hell, so of you fast birthers... I've had four and not one of them took less than 8 hours (although DD2's birth was recorded at 4.5 hours but my waters went about 3 hours before the official start).
yes it was brill, his older brothers got to meet him in the morning and some friends came round with cake and stuff :-D
This kind of happened to me. I knew I was in labour from 7am but this was dismissed by midwife who saw me that afternoon. Proper contractions started around 7pm. I rang for a midwife around 7.30 and made the mistake of being fairly coherent during contractions so there was no urgency in sending one out. I laboured alone as DH upstairs with overexcited DS. He seemed to sense I wanted to be alone, said he was checking on me lots and I was completely in the zone. Honestly, it was wonderful, I felt utterly free to labour exactly as I wished. I started pushing, it was completely instinctive, I couldn't have stopped my body from doing so. I did have a moment when I thought hmmm, should probably tell DH I'm pushing. Then next thing I know the midwife has turned up, has her back to me and is unpacking her bag whilst I am birthing DDs head. Then I had another contraction, DD swam out (waterbirth) and I caught her. That was about 9pm.
I've never seen a person move so fast as the midwife when she realised what happened
Chutes that sounds absolutely magical. After my own (fast) waterbirth with DS, I can fully relate to wanting to be on your own and going into the zone. All that preparation stuff you get told about having your DH to mop your brow/rub your back - I wanted NONE of it!
I love a good birth story!
My first labour was 37 hours. My second was 4. I could feel my waters bulging out after about 2 hours and looking back I should not have made the 45 min drive to the hospital, but I panicked. I think I would have had DC2 a lot quicker if my waters had broken earlier as when the midwife accidentally burst them, DS literally just came out. It was really weird.
I would really love a home birth for my next baby but DS went into shock because of the fast birth and was in the SCBU for the first 2 days, which puts me off.
Good luck for your home birth and congratulations!
Some amazing stories coming out. For those who delivered at speed without a midwife/medic at home, did you also deliver your own placenta naturally? What did you do about clamping/cutting the umbilical cord?
I kind of had this with DD2 - a planned homebirth but a long latent stage suddenly turned into a super fast active one. I also have a friend who has had 3 super fast births and one who gave birth in the bathroom whilst her toddler watched CBeebies!
Call the midwives as early as you can. Also, get it specifically flagged in your notes that you had a very fast labour last time. They may agree to immediately send two midwives, instead of one and then the other later on.
If you end up with an ambulance, be aware that it seems not all of them are up to date on their training in delivering babies! If nothing is going wrong, you may want your DH to incept and calm them down. They will routinely send two ambulances (two potential patients needing a transfer if they were being called to a bad situation) and at least one will know what they are doing! If they arrive before the baby is out, remember that they carry gas and air too !
From my friend - as soon as you feel something happening, if you are alone make sure that your toddler is somewhere safe and preferably with an activity that will keep them occupied- TV is your friend. Try and leave the front door in a manner where it can be opened from the outside without the key if you can do so safely (particularly with toddler!).
My placenta was really slow- I think paramedics bursting in and panicking slowed things down. So try and keep things calm and relaxed to help that. As you've planned a homebirth, the midwife should still come out and can administer the jab if you really need it (though they prefer not to after a delay). Leave the cord well alone. Someone will be with you soon enough to deal with all that. Obviously you can deliver the placenta if you get that far without cutting it.
HTH a bit.
*intercept, not incept.
I was in this position with DC3. My community mw loved 10 mins away, unfortunately she was not on call the night I went into labour.
I had not discussed with dh what we would do if no one was there, as we just assumed that the mw would make it.
As it was the mw hadn't arrived and I felt the need to push so we called an ambulance. This meant that dh got talked through the process by the operator, which helped to calm him a bit. So I would suggest that is a good option.
Our mw arrived 1 minute after dd was born and the ambulance followed a minute later.
Good luck with your hb, I had two, the first being a little calmer.
Oh yes the cord cutting was my only issue. I didn't have a birth plan written down but had expected there would be time for me/DH to brief midwife that I didn't want the cord cut straightaway. Obviously there wasn't and I think the midwife had the clamp in her hand as she clamped and cut it before I realised, seconds after DD born. Luckily I had the presence of mind to shriek 'no injection, no injection' to stop that!
My first was 45 mins twinge to baby so made similar eek-like thread pre baby#2 (who arrived in the MLU in a grand total of 13 mins).
There was a fab posting about keeping a carrier bag with all the necessary to hand. Do an old threads search. I think it was April 2013.
I recently had DD3 at home on my own (had sent DH to take older ones to school and agreed that we would go to hospital when he got back) and probably less than 10 minutes from waters breaking to birth. Please do be prepared that it can be very quick indeed! Fortunately DD3 was straightforward and I delivered her on our bedroom floor, an amazing and terrifying experience. Due to complications in previous pregnancies I was set on a hospital birth rather than one at home and certainly not an unassisted one! But like chutes instinct just took over and I couldn't have waited if I had tried.
I recommend plenty of clean towels, a good carpet cleaner and definitely a mattress protector! I was so glad I had one on the bed! Don't move too far away from your phone, don't send DH or whoever else may be around out on an errand thinking that you've got time and don't get in the bath if you are on your own as I found getting out unassisted a challenge! And penguins your friend, I don't know what I would have done if I'd had one of the older ones with me. CBeebies too I guess!
When DH got back he called the hospital who sent out an ambulance. The paramedics cut the cord. Then the community midwives came and they helped me deliver the placenta and did my stitches. And they brought sweet, sweet gas and air with them!
Another one with a similar story.
Ds1 was around 2hrs.
Dc2 planned homebirth.
Water went, phoned delivery unit and requested midwife.
Midwife called back few mins later when I was having 1st contraction. Dh took the call and I said to get here quick as the baby was coming.
10 mins and 4 contractions later I felt down just to check nothing was happening and delivered my son's head into my hand.
So reached down with other hand and delivered the rest of him.
Dh panicked and called 999, I didn't really understand why - ds2 and I were fine :-)
Ambulance arrived about 20 mins later and midwife about 30 mins after that (1 hour from first call).
Placenta took a while, another 30 mins or so after the midwife arrived.
All started 11.40pm, by 2am I was tucked up in bed with ds2 in my arms asleep and me wide awake full of adrenaline!
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One thing the midwives told me, which might be reassuring, is that babies that come super fast tend to only be able to come super fast because they are well positioned and straightforward. They said it was far rarer than you might think for there to be any complications from this type of delivery (other than shock!).
*Whistling - I know, terrifying! She was quite cheerful about the whole thing...
Just read your question about the cord.
We did nothing with it till midwife arrived ( I just cuddled up skin to skin with him).
I then pushed a bit to try and deliver placenta but in the end she clamped and cut the cord, which was about an hour after birth of baby, before I then delivered the placenta.
Not quite at home but a friend gave birth in the car to her first when driving to hospital. Her waters went and her DS was there in less than half an hour.
The only prep her DH had done was read Ina May Gaskin because she wanted him to have some idea of what to expect
loves i was keen on delayed cord clamping anyway, so it suited me just fine that the ambulance crew got there a while after the birth. they clamped the cord and I cut it myself. after ds3 was born I just cuddled him in the nice warm water of the birth pool until they arrived.
I think if they'd taken ages we'd have prob cut it ourselves... you can "clamp" by tying it with string etc if needed, it's not a problem.
delivered the placenta after the midwives arrived and i'd got out of the pool, so had a natural third stage as by that time it was around half an hour after the birth.
no idea what i'd have done if i'd delivered it in the pool before they arrived! lol tbh i'd forgotten about having to deal with it
I had my DD on her due date last year (November 29th) and she arrived with just me and DP present. Third baby but I was terrified! She was fine though.
Ok, this is what I advise my clients
1.Have a bag of old clean towels handy
2.if it kicks off fast just call 999. They will give good advice until help arrives.Call the hospital if you have time.
3.leave the front door on latch so paramedics/midwives can get in
4.Be in your warmest room
5. Keep any unsupervised small children with you.
6. Put a towel under you, sitting, kneeling or lying.
7. Push the baby out gently. Pant!
8.Rub the baby dry with a clean towel and then snuggle to your chest for warmth.
9.Cover baby with another dry towel.
10. Don't worry about the cord, there is no rush to cut it.
11. Ditto placenta. It might come by itself or with the help or paramedic/midwife.
These births rarely have complications!
oh, meant to say, we only had one ambulance turn up. and they were lovely but disappointed to have missed it
very calm and collected
Whistling that is an amazing story. I agree that the best bit about the ambulance was their massive bottle of gas & air after nompain relief for the birth itself.
And Penguins I agree about the adrenaline. I didn't sleep for about 30 hours straight. Also had very strong shakes from the adrenaline.
Loving reading all of your fast birth stories. I'm getting really excited about mine now, feel oddly prepared for a quick home birth (even without midwife if that's how it pans out) if it happens that way. Will get DH to have a read through this thread too!
This happened to me with DS 7 weeks ago. We hired an IM so was really keen for her to be there, but with an 8 hr text book labour for my first I knew things might be swift this time.
Waters broke 3pm Saturday. Weak, irregular contractions overnight but nothing I needed to pay attention to.
Planned to go for a walk to get things going so DH took DD to a friends at 11am. During the 30 mins he was gone I had 2 contractions in the bath that felt a bit stronger. Decided to stay in bath & had 3/4 more over next half an hour. Getting a but stronger so starting to think could be start of things.
At 12 I had a super contraction & major freak-out: "call the midwife call the midwife". Turns out that was transition
Next contraction: "I'm going to want to push soon, tell her to hurry. Oh I am pushing."
I won't lie it was really painful as it was so quick and I hadn't had time to develop my coping strategy or get in the zone. But luckily I'd prepared for a quick labour in our bedroom (our house is on 4 floors so I had 2 bags of kit, one in the bedroom and one in the living room-sounds OTT but best thing I did!).
I told DH it was going to be just the two of us (I didn't want to call paramedics as felt all was well & had been to a couple of births where they had been v intrusive). He didn't believe that baby would be there before MW.
On my instructions he set up waterproof nest on floor, turned on heating, got out towels etc. I got out of bath as too narrow to birth in. I kneeled up with arms round DH neck and tried to push slowly feeling DS head gradually come down.
20 mins later head was out so gave great big push & he was born in to my hands. He cried straight away & after few mins we moved to the bed and waited 25 mins for MW. We did cord cutting after she arrived so just did skin to skin in the meantime.
My tip would be having some waterproof stuff (shower curtain, sheet, towel, inco pad) in the rooms you think you might end up in. I couldn't bear for DH to leave me but thankfully we had everything we needed on hand.
I've known 4 people who have had home births:
1 - rang her dh at work and told him to come home. He was at least an hour away. Rang 999 for help. Think she had a nanny or au pair /etc at home with her on the phone to 999. She tried to go upstairs as she got it into her head that she was planning on giving birth upstairs, ambulance men got there just as she was half way up the stairs and ran in and sort of caught the baby as it was coming out there and then.
lessons learnt - keep the door on the latch. Make sure your insurance is up to date - hers hadn't renewed automatically and she hadn't spotted the renewal notice come through; wasn't able to claim for ruined stair carpet...
2. middle of the night, dh rang the midwife as it was planned. By the time the mw got there less than 30 mins later, dh opened the door with baby already delivered and in his arms, mum was having a cup of tea. other kids slept through.
lessons learnt - think they had a big waterproof sheet they were able to spread out (provided as homebirth kit maybe?) and that it was disposable. Made clearing up a doddle as she managed to get on it to give birth. Even if the baby is born, make sure the mw comes in and gives mum and baby a check up.
3. unexpected rapid delivery, during the day, ambulance control had to call somebody in who was off duty but lived nearby to help. ambulance only had one driver and thus needed help of off duty chap. Between them they forgot to turn the blue light off on top of the ambulance so when they came to take mum and baby to hospital it needed jump starting. which involved being pushed down the hill by her dh, one ambulance man and several neighbours, in the hope it would start before they hit the main road. Not a stress you expect to have just after delivering.
lessons learnt - ensure ambulance crew doesn't leave anything on it it's haste to get to you. and that you have jump leads to hand just in case.
4. (dsis!) unexpected rapid delivery. dmum was staying, dsis had man measuring up for blinds who was trying to stay and chat and chat and wouldn't take 'time to go' hints. Managed to ring her dh (farmer) to say that she thought she was in labour - he wasn't expecting things to happen as quickly as they did. He got back, managed to have a shower but didn't have any clothes to hand. Meanwhile dmum had taken the other dc up to bed and was reading them bedtime stories, she really hadn't clicked that dsis was alone downstairs initially and about to give birth, thought it would take hours as her labours had done (as had dsis's previous labours) and didn't even occur to her to come and check on dsis. dmum had to jump into the car and intercept the ambulance as it had missed the farm turning. Ambulance men reasonably helpful but no mw available. They rang hospital to say they were bringing dsis in - hospital said not to bother! THey still took her - luckily as she was hemorrhaging and she ended up there for several days. The hospital still had the cheek to tell dsis off when she arrived and said that she should have stayed at home and let the ambulance men deal with everything .
lessons learnt - don't schedule any trades people to do jobs around the house as sod's law says this is when you will end up giving birth. Unless you are seriously overdue and want to give birth! if covered in animal muck and yuck then it really is worth having a shower and having a clean set of clothes at the ready to pull on, rather than having to be a helper in just your dressing gown (or for your dh to have something to pull on in the middle of the night that he is comfortable in case you go into labour when you're both asleep). If you call an ambulance, make sure you give them very clear instructions, especially if sat nav systems struggle with your address. if you want to go to hospital afterwards then go - why should you miss out on the checks you would have had in hospital just because you weren't able to get there in time!
oops didn't mean that to be quite so long, sorry. And good luck!!!
hello op i had a planned homebirth on november 4th 2013 id had niggly discomfort all day but not painfull at all wat i thought where braxton hicks anyway come 10 ish i had a strong contraction next thing i knew i needed to push just my husband at home no midwife made it to me baby was delivered by daddy and paramedics didnt make it untill after he was born about 1 minuite after i had him they arrived this was a total surprise we didnt prepare for it the mw arrived about 25 mins after the birth
This is such a helpful thread. I'm expecting DC2 and my grandmother and mother both failed to reach hospital with their seconds and apparently this can be genetic?
Even though I'm alive to the possibility so not planning on hanging around before going to the hospital I think I should take some of the advice on this thread just in case.
Agree with the advice not to book tradespeople - a joiner was busy fitting a laminate floor in our hall, he heard a brief commotion (husband calling my mum to find some towels) wondered if something was happening but didn't hear anything else so went back to it, next thing he knew two ambulance men were asking if he'd mind awfully moving his tools!
Advice for me was to leave cord alone, the paramedics were not allowed to cut it and it was finally cut in hospital around an hour after birth. Placenta was then delivered after about an hour and a quarter.
I had a planned home water birth with DD the day before she was due. I had a clary sage bath about 11am, lost my plug at about 3pm, and contractions started at about 4:30pm then ramped up at about 5:30pm which is when we called the labour ward who said there were no mw's available to come out to us until the shift change at 9pm. We thought that would be plenty of time.... Waters must've gone at about 7:15pm and I then jumped into the pool. DH had somehow got hold of a mw's mobile number and called to say "you need to get here" and she arrived 45 mins before DD was born at 8:40pm. 2nd mw arrived about 10 mins later!!
So. Long story short. After roughly 4hr labour I'm shitting it about next time round - due in July!! I'm really worried about being home alone with DD and DH not making it back in time. The lack of midwife doesn't phase me as much funnily enough....
I had an unplanned hb with dc2. I went from eating my dinner to holding a baby in 20 mins. The paramedics did get there but didn't realise how far along I was and were standing with their back to me, telling dh we had plenty of time to get to hospital, when Dd was born.
With dc3 I had a planned hb. I was instructed to call the mw as soon as I felt a twinge and delivery suite had my name flagged for immediate attention. I was told to keep the doors unlocked if in the house alone and carry a mobile phone on me at all times (even in the house). I had a box of stuff for a hb that was immediately accessible and a hospital bag by the front door that could be grabbed in am emergency.
My mw briefed me on what to do which was basically what I did with Dd: find a comfy position, pant while pushing and put the baby on your chest and cover with a towel till the mw or ambulance arrived. Don't try and cut the cord.
In the end none of this was needed as ds2 took a leisurely 2.5 hours. I felt very silly phoning the mw early but I was 7cm when she arrived I was more worried about dh than another fast birth, he found dd's arrival quite traumatic and had nightmares about it happening again. I had an adrenalin high for weeks and want scared by the prospect of it happening again
smaths- that is interesting. paramedic was itching to cut the cord in my case.
We ended up with a baby 10 mins before the MWs arrived. The things I wish I'd known/remembered are:
Rub baby down with a towel if breathing is not happening particularly quickly - would've saved us a few uncomfortable minutes on the phone with the community MW.
Look at your clock/watch afterwards! DH looked at each other in horror when they asked us what time DD was born and we sort of had to guess
YY to not letting anybody interfere with the cord! That cord could keep your non-breathing baby alive for many minutes. Delayed cord cutting does not harm the baby in any way (barring some very rare circumstances) and might be invaluable in the case of a fast and unassisted birth far from medical assistance (and oxygen supplies!)
....they asked us what time DD was born and we sort of had to guess
Much the same happened at my son's birth - the midwife got there with about 3 minutes to spare. She asked DH what time he thought - he gave a time but a day later realised that his watch was wrong! Good job it was the afternoon and not just before midnight, otherwise we might have got the day wrong.
Mine was planned as previous labours had been precipitate. Woke at 6.30 knowing today was the day, no contractions just this wonderful, surreal feeling of being totally centred and calm. Rang the mw who thought I was crackers (so are you in labour then? Nope but I will be ) and reminded her not to stop for g&a and not to give the injection after delivery. Then sat with a cup of tea in the garden enjoying the most beautiful hazy sunshine at the start of the day.
Around lunchtime I said it was time, got the room ready then drank a glass of water with rescue remedy. Told ex to ring the mw who thought we'd totally lost it by that point (so you're still not actually in labour? No pains or anything yet, but you want me to set off now...?)
Then we started,the most amazing waves of my body doing its thing but no pain just totally focused on myself. Dd delivered without a single push, I didn't even know she was coming until she did and had to yell to ex as he was at my head!
Once she delivered she immediately started to cry and the mw walked through the door! Totally incredible experience and one I would happily repeat again and again if I could afford the children! The mw said it had been 30 minutes from my call to her getting to us and my first contraction was about 5 minutes after the call. Ex was seriously freaked out by the whole thing. Mostly because it wasn't anything like he had thought labour would be (dd was his first).
the paramedics cut DS3's cord. well, they clamped it, I cut it... they had clamps and the special scissors all in part of this kit they had (included a hooded towel which we got to keep!)
maybe it varies depending on area?
re: time of birth. DP was still on phone to ambulance operator, and they told us the time
weeping, I would have about 17 children if my labours had been like yours! You lucky thing, you.
Ds4 was my fastest, 38 weeks planned home birth.
Niggled during the day so inflected the pool and filled it. Pottered around as usual then lay down on sofa to watch jools holland, had a contraction to long after it started that made me think that baby was maybe coming that night. Phone my friend/ midwife to say don't have wine tonight just in case.
Half way through programme had two more contractions that got me off couch and padding round living room, phoned mw and said it was definitely tonight and make your way over.
Five minutes later just wanted to get into pool waters went, midwife arrived baby swam out two minutes after she arrived.
Jools holland was still on
I loved it, other half was terrified though.
For the record my previous labours had been pretty awful mainly due to panicking getting to hospital, mw not believing me about how quick it would be then panicking when I was right and ending up floundering on my back scared and in pain. Hence the hb.
I think a hospital delivery now would be very different because I am informed and confident. I simply wouldn't allow it to happen how it did when I was younger.
Writing out my story again has given me a wonderful glow. It really was magical!
DS2 notes marked as bba (born before arrival), but technically, the paramedics made it before DS2. Midwife made it before placenta (about another 10 mins)
FWIW, they took 6 mins from me talking to ambulance control to paramedic delivering DS2. They were very sceptical before speaking to me.
The ambulance unexpected birth kit is very well stocked (mw said better than hers).
Agree with the towels. And hide the good white ones. Looking at you DH, not your best call.
Have some blankets (for you, and baby) readily available also.
Prep for a home birth, and you'll be in a better place than us. Expecting to go to hospital (DH anti home birth), but despite phoning my Mum on first contraction, she made it at the same time as ambulance and her grandson. Bathroom was fine for the messy bit without prep. I'd have needed new bedding, and prob a mattress if I'd stayed in bed when I realised I wanted to push. Once ambulance control got me on the floor so DH could check there was no cord presenting, I was stuck there.
Congrats on the imminent arrival of number 2.
If good towels do get used by mistake, wash them on cold with plenty of powder and extra rinsing. Saved ours. Though they weren't white (I know, I'm a heathen) and beige is a bit more forgiving.
i havnt had a mega fast birth but,like you,my first was induced and took 2 and a half hours,a few minutes of pushing,my 2nd was about an hour and a half from when i was sure i was in labour (as in i was having to breathe throug contractions and they were coming 2 in 5) but my third and 4th were about 4 hours in total,i just knew i was in labour a lot earlier than i did with the others,i think when you are induced you dont get that build up of labour but when you go into labour naturally your more aware of it.
As for the placenta,dont worry about it,dont touch it,you dont need to and its good for them to get the blood from it anyway,if the baby comes before they get there then just leave it attatched.
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