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September 17th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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I had my first child when I was 17, vaginally and he is healthy. However, I was in labour for 34 hours, and not to get into too much detail, it was the worst experience of my life. The hospital was terrible, and I was incredibly naive.

Fast forward 17 years, I am now pregnant with my second. Honestly, we weren't going to have any kids, but this was a "red wine" oops. We are excited, don't get me wrong, but its been an adjustment. Since so much time has elapsed since my first child, I have to wonder if my body reset itself or if my body will react like many others who have had more than one child, ie: quicker birth. Should I expect this birth to be quicker? With my first we went to the hospital after my contractions were 5 minutes apart, but it was progressing so slowly that we ended up being at the hospital for another 15 hours before he was born. I just don't want that to be the case this time round. I would rather be in the comfort of my own home, moving freely, not strapped to a table with a fetal monitor on.

Anyone experience this many years between kids, and should I expect birth to be different, or should I delay going to the hospital a little longer with this one?
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December 11th, 2012, 07:11 AM
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If you birth at home you will be more comfortable and your labor will go quicker. Also if you birth at home, your midwife will help you SOOO much more then doctors do as far as positioning and getting your body ready pre-labor. Do it at home!
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January 11th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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If you birth at home you will be more comfortable and your labor will go quicker. Also if you birth at home, your midwife will help you SOOO much more then doctors do as far as positioning and getting your body ready pre-labor. Do it at home!
Couldn't agree more!
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January 17th, 2013, 10:00 AM
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If home birth is an option, you may want to look in to that. If it isn't maybe search for a midwife.

Whatever is available, it would be good to research the potential location you will give birth. Hospital birth can be pleasant too, if you have the right team around you.

Chances are, you will have an easier time around this time, but every pregnancy seems to have a mind of its own.

Good luck. I hope you get the birth you want!
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