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May 20th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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I guess I mean more that I am going to go in and be fully dilated and about ready to push and miss my epidural opportunity. I am not a fan of the all natural/no meds birth because I cry at paper cuts so I know I can't do natural childbirth that way.

I keep reading stories of women who went to L&D, were at like a 3 or 4, were sent home to labor more at home and when they went back to hospital they were fully dilated and ready to push. I am dilated to a 3 and was sent home after a night of monitoring and no progress. The discharge nurse was basically like come back when you can't breathe from the pain of the contractions. That really upset me (I'm sure my hormones play a part in that), but now it has me scared to go back in if I'm not about to "die" from the pain.
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May 20th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Me! I am at a 4+ and 50% effaced and been having false labor for weeks now so I'm a little freaked out that I won't recognize when it's for real. My first son I was induced for high BP and he came in 6 hours and I was zero with him. Dr. estimates this one will be 4-5 hour labor and DH works an hour away so I'm worried he won't make it in time. I've been really stressing about it though so you are not alone.
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May 20th, 2013, 03:24 PM
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Well yes because I did not make it to my hospital with Abri. My midwives deliver at a hospital 45 minutes away from me. My first labor was 8 hours total so I expected to have plenty of time to make it. To be safe, my midwives said not to wait until the typical 3-4 minutes apart. They wanted me to come when contractions were 6-8 minutes apart. Well I didn't realize I was in labor because contractions were 15 minutes apart. I had 3 of those, then called my mom to watch Lily. The next 2 contractions were 10 minutes apart. Then all of a sudden my water broke and my body started pushing and I couldn't stop. DH called the midwife and she told him to call an ambulance. The 911 operator told DH to just drive to the closest hospital because we were closer than the nearest ambulance. So yeah, we drove to a hospital 10 minutes away, pushed Abri out just minutes after arriving. Luckily I was planning on a NCB, but really I didn't find it painful at all. It was crazy intense but not painful.

So not really sure what my plan of action is this time around. Still hoping to make it to the hospital with my midwives (the other hospitals around do not allow midwives). I seem to be pretty famous in the practice, which is funny because it is a really big practice. It's been suggested that I set up a tent the week before out in the hospital parking lot. My mother wants me to register at every hospital along the way (we pass 3 others). I'm sure once I reach 39 weeks they will suggest induction but I'd like to avoid that.
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May 20th, 2013, 03:38 PM
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I'm afraid of missing my chance for an epidural as well. I don't handle pain well (though I'm hoping I will surprise myself and not be a crying mess before the epidural!) and I really would like to have one. I know this being my first child labor may be longer, but I also have nothing to compare it to! So, hopefully I will make it in plenty of time for that!
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May 20th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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yes! i worry too...dh works 35 minutes away (evenings and nights) if he's on a night shift he cant leave until another supervisor comes in...then drive home..then drive 40 minutes to the hospital. i'm praying dh has the day off or works an evening shift when i go into labor!
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May 20th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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Yup. I live just over a half hour from the hospital. DH works 40 minutes away (but only 8 minutes from the hospital...how convenient). If I go into labor while he's working I'll be freaking out. Fortunately we'll be talking induction at my appointment on Friday and I don't forsee myself going into labor before that, so I don't think I'll have to worry about it....hopefully.
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May 20th, 2013, 04:06 PM
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Nope I am not worried at all. With my first I had a 24 hour labor on pitocin with no pain meds. This time I am laboring at home as long as possible before going in. My hospital is only maybe a 10 minute drive away. And I'm not getting an epi so that isn't a concern or worry for me.
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May 20th, 2013, 04:09 PM
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Thank you all for sharing your stories. I luckily live exactly 5 minutes from hospital but my DH does work 45 minutes away. I hope we all get to fulfill our birth plan.
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May 20th, 2013, 04:39 PM
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Well fortunately we only live 10 mins from the hospital (with traffic) but SO works about 25 minutes away. I am planning on not having an epi though, so that's not my concern.
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May 20th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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Nope I wouldn't make it anyways, unless my water broke of something. I denied labor until I was pushing with Everett. So.... even if I was planning a hospital birth I would not be getting an epi anyways so its not a concern.
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May 20th, 2013, 05:41 PM
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I'm not planning on getting an epi, so I'm not worried about that. I'm just worried that I won't recognize that I'm in labor and end up having the baby on the floor of our apartment LOL. Everyone tells me I'll know, but that's the one thing I worry about. Luckily DH works a mile away from our apartment, and we live about two miles away from the hospital. Of course, that hasn't stopped DH from reading about how to deliver a baby in the car :-/
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May 20th, 2013, 06:37 PM
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I'm not planning on getting an epi, so I'm not worried about that. I'm just worried that I won't recognize that I'm in labor and end up having the baby on the floor of our apartment LOL. Everyone tells me I'll know, but that's the one thing I worry about. Luckily DH works a mile away from our apartment, and we live about two miles away from the hospital. Of course, that hasn't stopped DH from reading about how to deliver a baby in the car :-/

That's a good thing to learn about, you just never know how labor will be. Kyle did a lot of reading with Everett just in case.
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May 20th, 2013, 06:53 PM
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Of course, that hasn't stopped DH from reading about how to deliver a baby in the car :-/
I suggested this to DH, only sort of joking about it.
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May 21st, 2013, 04:00 AM
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I am semi concerned bc with dd my contractions were 2-3 or 3-4 minutes apart when I arrived to the hospital to be induced and I had no clue! Dh made me promise him AS SOON as I feel like I'm in labor I will go in to the hospital. We live 40 min away & dh works a good 1 hour 15 min away from the hospital. I said ok bc originally I wanted to stay at home as long as possible.
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May 21st, 2013, 05:34 AM
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I plan on laboring at home for as long as possible and then I have a 45 minute + drive to the hospital in downtown Charleston. I hope I make it! But, I'd be absolutely fine having this kid on the side of the interstate, haha.
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May 21st, 2013, 03:27 PM
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I also pass about 3 other hospitals AND the birthing center before I get to the hospital I'm supposed to deliver at....which is about 45 min away! LOL Sooooo, I am worried about not making it...but then again I'm not because Connor was induced and after almost 48 hours of attempted labor ended in a c-section. I'm sort of worried that I won't know what "real labor" is because I never really experienced it with Connor, but I'm not really worried about how long...or short...it may take! lol
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May 22nd, 2013, 08:08 AM
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I am a little worried I will not recognize real labor. With DD, my water broke first and they had to medicate me to get me to start contracting and those were absolutely horrible and not normal. So I am a little freaked out that I will not realize I'm in labor until there is a baby on my living room floor. (That happened to someone I know with her second.) I would not be ok with having this baby at home. Not in the plan and not prepared for that. I want very much to be at the hospital with my midwife there and DH far from the business end of things.
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May 22nd, 2013, 10:38 AM
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I am going to be completely honest, I think its a good idea for everyone to be prepared for fast labors. I never thought I would have a fast labor after my 12 hours with David but then it went to 4 and then just shy of an hour. Just read up on some things you should do just in case. 911 would be fairly quick to respond. Try not to stress about it since it is likely not going to happen but you just never know,
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