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November 14th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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I plan to labor at home for as long as possible to avoid all the rushing they do at the hospital. The last time I went in right away which I wish I hadnt, I plan to stay at home for as long as possible...I guess when contractions are about 3 minutes apart.

Did you labor at home during previous pregnacy and will you be waiting to go in to the hospital this time around?
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November 14th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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as long as possible.. i want the stay in the hospital as short as possible.. i will have my doula meet me at home..i want to be in my own space to relax... i would do a home birth but i don't think DH will go with it..
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November 14th, 2012, 08:51 AM
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I labored at home for the first 5-6 hours of my 14 hour labor with DS#1. DS#2 was an induction, so I was at the hospital the whole time. I like to wait until I'm ready for my epidural. lol
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November 14th, 2012, 10:08 AM
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November 14th, 2012, 10:27 AM
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I was in labor off and on all day and finally went to the hospital when they were 3-7 minutes apart. I totally thought they were gonna send me home or at least I'd have a long time still before I delivered....first babies are supposed to be long, right? When I got there, I was 5cm. I delivered 3hrs later after pushing 15 minutes. So I'm nervous that this time will be even faster! I'll wait until they're 5 min apart this time.
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November 14th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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I am the opposite...take me to the hospital, get me an epidural, and let's enjoy this baby coming

With my first, I waited until my water broke, after laboring all night, and having a slow trickle all night. It was perfect timing.

With my second, I was in labor all day without realizing it...so I waited longer than necessary.

Seriously, for this one if I could get a epidural 2 weeks before my due date and just keep it going, that would be GREAT!
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November 14th, 2012, 12:49 PM
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With my first I went in after a few hours, which was still too early, because I was young and paranoid lol ... with my second I was induced so I was there from the get-go. This time I fully intend to labor at home for as long as possible without freaking out my older kids. (They are worriers like me)
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November 14th, 2012, 01:06 PM
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I don't know. I went in too early with my first and ended up stuck in triage for an hour, and then walked the halls for another hour before I could get a room. That was my 8 hour labor. The next time my midwife said I should head to the hospital (45 minutes away without traffic) when my contractions were 5-6 minutes apart. My labor was only 90 minutes long, and the first hour the contractions were 10-15 minutes apart. After the first hour, then they were right on top of each other, my water broke, and I immediately started pushing in my bathroom. Needless to say I did not make it to my hospital, so that was waiting a little too long.
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November 14th, 2012, 01:10 PM
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I don't know. I went in too early with my first and ended up stuck in triage for an hour, and then walked the halls for another hour before I could get a room. That was my 8 hour labor. The next time my midwife said I should head to the hospital (45 minutes away without traffic) when my contractions were 5-6 minutes apart. My labor was only 90 minutes long, and the first hour the contractions were 10-15 minutes apart. After the first hour, then they were right on top of each other, my water broke, and I immediately started pushing in my bathroom. Needless to say I did not make it to my hospital, so that was waiting a little too long.
Your labor sounds like mine. My first was 12 hours similar to your first. My 2nd my water broke at home I waited until I couldn't take the contractions barely made it to the hospital. Third was born at home but my midwives barely made it.
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November 14th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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With DD we tried for a homebirth and I was in labor for 48 hours at home and only progressed to 4cm. I was exhausted by then and we finally decided to transfer to the hospital. I caved and got an epidural so I could get some rest and I think because I was only 4cm I shot myself in the foot. We gave it another 15 hours and they broke my water and gave me pitocin to try to move things along but I only got to 6cm and Eliza's heart rate started to become irregular so they did a c-section.

With this one we'll probably be doing a planned hospital birth because we can't afford to pay out of pocket for a homebirth delivery with a midwife. I want to labor at home as long as possible before going in because I have a feeling I'll be in for another crazy long labor and I REALLY want a VBAC. But if I have as much fluid as I did with DD and the baby can't engage and descend then we'll go in sooner so they can break my water before I'm too tired to go on. I don't want an epidural this time if I can help it because I think it stalled what little progress I was making.
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November 14th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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I plan on laboring at home for as long as possible, I don't care if I don't get to the hospital on time! lol That was the plan with Connor as well, unfortunately we had to induce at 41 weeks, so everything started in the hospital.
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November 14th, 2012, 02:19 PM
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As of now we plan to stay at home all the way through.

With Lucy I had cx every 20-30 minutes for most of the evening and by the time they were "regular" I was literally minutes away from transition. No way would I want to attempt a 40 minute car ride in that condition, so in the event we have to go to the birth center for this baby, we should probably leave sooner rather than later.
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November 14th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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3 minutes apart may be to close, being this is my third my labor should go fast. my last baby was born in about 5-7 hours. I think I will go in when the contractions are about 5mins apart. I am hoping my labor is about 4-5 hours.

I dont think babies tolerate pitocin well, it seems like their heart rates drop everytime because the contractions become to violent and this often ends in c-sections. This is my main reason for avoiding the hospital until the very end. I am totally against pitocin for myself. I am going to prepare my home to be as comforting as possible, I am dreading the car ride to the hospital though....
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November 14th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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I labored at home pretty much the whole time with DS since when I got to the hospital I was already 10cm dilated and couldn't even get an epidural even if I wanted to, I plan on staying at home as long as I can again since i hate when they check you down there and put their whole arm up your private lol
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November 14th, 2012, 02:50 PM
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I labored at home pretty much the whole time with DS since when I got to the hospital I was already 10cm dilated and couldn't even get an epidural even if I wanted to, I plan on staying at home as long as I can again since i hate when they check you down there and put their whole arm up your private lol
You can decline vaginal exams. I only had 1 my whole labor with our 3rd and that was just to verify I was
Complete because my body was pushing. Remember they work for you.
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November 14th, 2012, 03:00 PM
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I'll be induced, and probably a good thing. I dilate really fast so by the time it hurts, the baby is coming. One of mine was almost born in the hall after them saying I was only 3cm and one I had all by myself. She was born in the amniotic sack (en caul) and the nurse barely came in in time to open the sack.
I would be too paranoid that I'd have the baby with no one around.
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November 14th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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I go when I am sure I am in labor. We also live 45 mins away and though we have never come close, I really don't want to have the baby in the car. I wish I was cool enough to have home births, but I'm not. There is something comforting for me to go. Maybe it is just having something to do.
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November 14th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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I will labor at home for as long as possible. I was in labor for 26 hours with DD. I was induced with DS and it was 8 hours start to finish. I'm hoping for 8 hours or under but I don't have any fears of going so fast I won't make it to the hospital. I just want to be as comfortable and free to move around my house for as long as possible.
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November 14th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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I kept going to the hospital and they kept sending me home I was a week overdue and totally anxious and I had really bad contractions for 2 days to the point where I couldn't sleep through them and I was so exhausted. It was horrible because when it was finally really time to go in, I was so tired and sore!! I labored in the tub and got out at the very end when they said they needed to monitor the baby.

I will try to stay at home until I am absolutely sure this time!! I do not want to wait too long though because I liked laboring in the tub and I remember HATING the car ride and this time we have farther to go.
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November 14th, 2012, 05:56 PM
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My water broke with DD at 41 weeks before i was having any contractions so we went to the hospital for the whole 24 hour labor. I was put on pitocin cuz it was either that or a CS which i was deadset against. My DD did fine on it i should add. With this one i hope i go into labor before my water breaks. I will stay at home then and take lots of baths. Im a total water person and water relaxes me always....last time i was only allowed a shower due to risk of infection. So id be happy to do ANY laboring at home
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