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olajo Sun 03-Jul-11 09:26:48

I just would like to ask whether its true that the second labour is shorter than the first one. I am due in 6 weeks and getting really anxious as I do not have a car and the hospital is 16 miles away with practicly no public transport.I was induced the first time and was in labour less than an hour so I am pretty scared Ill end up having a baby at home.

BeeMyBaby Sun 03-Jul-11 14:21:15

Have you discussed the possibility of a homebirth? I read (on these forums) that for those who have short labours a homebirth is sometimes suggested by their midwives?

Primafacie Sun 03-Jul-11 14:43:51

I think statistically it is true that second labours are shorter, both for tbe first stage (roughly half) and second stage (20 minutes as opposed to one/two hours). Of course plenty of women have the opposite experience, but I can see why this would be a worry given how far you are from the hospital. A first labour lasting only one hour is unusual and may mean you are a precipitous labourer. I would have a chat with the midwife and would consider an early induction tbh.

gallicgirl Sun 03-Jul-11 14:45:55

Go on, have a home birth. It's lovely.

olajo Sun 03-Jul-11 14:48:11

The midwives told me not too hang around too much and get to hospital as soon as I can but its easier said than done. I have been taking taxi to maternity unit before as I had a few episodes of bleeding but it takes absolute ages anyway. As for homebirth my husband will freak out as he is not the best in strassful situations I have a 4 year old and no support network whatsoever so I am just slowely getting wind up about it.I guess its one of those days.

gallicgirl Sun 03-Jul-11 15:55:03

So the DP can look after the 4YO and keep them both out of the way. Hopefully you'll have a lovely supportive MW to help you in birth.

olajo Sun 03-Jul-11 16:19:03

I was on my own the first time around I will manage this time as well just scared Ill not make it to hospital sad

ilovedjasondonovan Sun 03-Jul-11 16:24:43

1st 8 hours
2nd - surprise delivery at home with no second stage.

No support network for 1yr DD1 at the time, and DD2 just arrived very very quickly. Went for a poo in the downstairs toilet and out she slithered. Shouted to DH to grab a towel and he caught her expertly. After some phonecalls to the hospital 2 MWs and 2 ambulances were called just in case. Didn't need to go into hospital in the end though.

Try not to worry about a surprise home birth. Just keep all the phone numbers to hand and a towel in every room. You'll be OK.

Oh, and if it does happen, don't do what we did and leave DD2 wrapped up in a soggy towel, get them a nice clean one to warm them up (we were in shock so weren't thinking straight).

olajo Sun 03-Jul-11 16:46:52

Ilovedjasondonovan your story has actually inspired me I guess I will manage whatever happens. Thanks. smile

ilovedjasondonovan Sun 03-Jul-11 20:00:19

You'll be fine; just put the towels in every corner incase of a quick catch and know where the hospital phone number is (DH rang the labour ward and they sorted out MW's and ambulances for us). Took less than 5 mins for help to arrive.

The funny thing is I only live 1 mile from the hospital and had been talking to them only 30 mins before where they told me to take a paracetamol and have a bath. Glad I ignored them.

Cutelittlecatlover Tue 05-Jul-11 18:23:20

shock ilovedjasondonovan, thats terrible! Did they apologise? A similar thing happened to me but I only just made it to hospital in time. Op in your position I would seriously consider homebirth, I was quite fast with dc1 and this is what I will be doing with dc2. If you're dead against hb I would just call an ambulance when contractions start, I don't think they would have a problem with coming out to you considering how fast your labour was with dc1.

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