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anybody else given birth within an hour?!

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i had a 12 hr labour with dd,gas and air in the last 30 mins when i got to hospital,utter panic and adrenalin got me through.
with ds i had read an ina may book,felt very prepared for labour,accepting of the contractions ect,i had 3 days of twinges,felt like strong braxton hicks,by the 4th day i asked my mw if she thiught anything was happining,so she had a look and gave me a sweep, (i had been 1cm dialated).i went home,went to bed,had a few twinges in the night.i woke up at 8am with a very strong contraction,called mw who said to wait an hr or two and then come in...
at 9.01am ds was born,we just made it to the mw unit in time,as he was born within 10 mins of arriving!

anyone else have a similar experiance? i felt as though i was in shock for a long time (ds is now 3 months) and i feel like im just coming to terms with it,am i a complete mad woman,or is it normal to feel a sense of loss of your labour?!

disclamer.i know it could be worse,i know people have terrible long drawn out labours,thats why i feel i cant say this in rl.

HarkTheHeraldEverything Sat 04-Dec-10 19:28:01

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Eglu Sat 04-Dec-10 19:32:47

I think shock is a natural feeling to have in those circumstances.

DS2 was 1hr 45, but expected, as my previous labour had been pretty quick.

DC3 is due in July and I fully expect an hour or less and therefore will be fine with it.

FOr you having a previous long labour, it is only natural to have come as a shock.

hormonesnowmore Sat 04-Dec-10 19:33:49

I think with any labour & birth there is a strong possibility of feeling a sense of loss.

With my 3rd DC, I didn't have a very short labour, but for some reason I felt that the baby I gave birth to wasn't the one I was expecting iyswim. It's all very strange, and possibly related to PND, but I took a little bit longer to bond with her than the other two.

Birth is so mind-blowing and we have so many expectations that it's no wonder we sometimes struggle to come to terms with the experience.

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Dec-10 19:38:44

when i had ds3 i had a similar situation. woke up in the early hours of the morning having a very painful, very long contraction
ds3 was born 48 minutes later.

was a planned homebirth, but neither the midwives or the ambulance (who dp called when i said i needed to push) arrived before ds3 was born

the labour itself was actually incredibly calm and i wasn';t scared or anything, it all went beautifully and i actually quite liked being just us

but yes, we were both really pretty shellshocked tbh, it didn't really feel liek i had been through labour or had any preparation for it. just woke up, intense pain, baby!!

very weird

thanks, for all your quick repliessmile

hormones i had the same feeling with my first child,its odd,as ive never managed to put it into words,and you've summed it up perfectly,thankyou.

oddly enough,i had prepared myself for a shorter labour,they run in my family,until a mw said id be 'lucky' to have such a short and easy labour as i had with dd this timehmm

hark im not sure,but now youve mentioned it,i will ask smile

EdgarAllenSnow Sat 04-Dec-10 19:41:22

my mum gave birth in 45 minutes twice...

deeply shocking.

thisis wow,thats exactly,it,it was a loely labour,alot easier than last time,i was calm and all 'there' unlike with dd. i also fell totally in love with ds the moment i saw him...it was just i felt like it was a dream,i kept momentarily forgeting id had him!?as you say,woke up,intence pain,baby,not even time for a cuppa grin

edgar my mum was the same,but she never seems bothered about it.she's also a bit of a truth stretcher,and likes to have 'one-up' on you so im never quite happy talking about stuff like this with her. hmm

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Dec-10 19:48:39

this was my birth announcement on here grin

rubyslippers Sat 04-Dec-10 19:52:49

I had a much quicker labour with my DD as it was 8 hours from first CX to delivery

My second stage was just 3 minutes long and I remember being in utter shock, so much so that the next day I asked the MW to talk me through it as I was feeling very bewildered

I woke up in labour, had a quick bath where my waters broke and DD2 was born in 48 mins! I was in major shock for a few days and tbh dont remember most of my labour BUT just always think, its one day in a life time of days with your LO

my god! 9pounds 11! in 45 mins,you bloody star! grin ds was 7lb 16...i thought that was big,jeesus!
<<pats thisisyesterday on the back>>

thhough i am slightly envy i really wanted a pool,but as the mw didnt belive that i needed to push when i called,they didnt set up the pool till i got there,it wasntnt even a quarter full before it was to late!

i dont remember much of my 12hr first labour,but i remember every second of my 1hr labour. i wish i had asked to talk it through with my mw,i think it would have helped...

rubyslippers Sat 04-Dec-10 19:58:20

I am sure you can get a debrief about your birth

With my first, I had a 2 day run up to labour, then 10 hours of active labour with an hour of pushing

Was fully expecting the same second time around ... DD shot out in 2 pushes

misdee Sat 04-Dec-10 19:59:57

Dd2 was 1hr 45mins from waking in labour to deliveryy. Was shocked at how fast as dd1 was 36hrs from waters breaking to delivery.

AmpleBosom Sat 04-Dec-10 20:00:15

I've had two 2hr labours and the last one was 25 minutes which included 10 minutes delivering the placenta! Very scary and luckily i was in hosptial last time.

jeeze...so im not alone then grin
nice to know!

my waters didnt break at all the first time,the mw dissmised this as impossible,but i swear they didnt.so it was particualy weird when ds waters poppedshock whilst i was pushing,he was born 2 mins later

blimey ample thats,like, a 10min labour! shock

NorkyButNice Sat 04-Dec-10 20:13:13

I woke up in labour with contractions 4 minutes apart - we got to hospital at 8.30 (after they told me I couldn't possibly have slept through established labour starting) and was 8cm dilated on arrival.

DS2 arrived weighing 11lb 3oz just over an hour later.

I woke in labour and 6cm so clearly im a deep sleeper too grin

June2008 Sat 04-Dec-10 20:15:47

My first labour was three days and second was 1 hr 19 mins. Very different. All fairly traumatic second time around and still get awful flash backs when on the motorway! I'm hoping it'll start to fade!

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