Not sure of actual facts on this, maybe do a google search on it?
IME, with both ds's, my amniotic sacs both had to be ruptured manually, with ds1 I had been fully dilated for a while and just wasn't feeling the urge to push, so the midwife decided to break my waters.
With ds2, my labour had slowed (after giving in to the midwife and having pethidine ), and his heartbeat had slowed, so she decided they needed breaking to speed things along.
At the time, I had only just discovered the wisdom of MN, so didn't know it was entirely possible to give birth with the waters intact (although have always wondered - does it mean you're more likely to tear because of the volume of the waters along with the baby?)
I'm now pg again, and am planning to have as natural a birth as possible, so it remains to be seen whether my waters will break or whether he/she will be 'born in the caul'!
with my first birth my waters broke as i was pushing! what a forceful gush that was! second time i had a water birth and my dd came out still in her sac! in her waters in the water!
re tearing - i tore first time when my waters had broken and not the second time when my waters didnt go!
you have made me think now..........i wonder what will happen to me this time!!
Piffle, my last two babies came with the waters as they broke -really fast. I suspect it maybe makes the labour pain seem more bearable, though the babies coming and waters breaking contraction makes me tremble and go into a bit of shock! But I've been wondering if it'll happen that way again too...
Just remembering how I suddenly feel as if I'm about to explode and then I sort of do explode! I'm feeling nervous now! Am contemplating a water birth this time but my problem is I get really cold in labour and have to wrap up in ridiculous amounts of warm stuff so not sure if I'd feel warm enough in the birthing pool...ramble ramble...
i had a water birth and felt the opposite! i got boiling hot and stayed hot all night! so much so that i didnt realise it was actually quite cold in the room i was in and my dds temp went right down and then they had to put her on a heat pad the next day to get her temp back up before they would let us go home!
The Mws broke my waters with my first 3. I then realised that was what had made the labours unbearable and refused for the 4th. Can't remember whether they actually did go on their own at the end. My father was born "with a caul" so I'm assuming it's genetic?