I have 3 children and some extremes in labour and delivery. My first child Jaisha was born in a hospital after 36 hours of labour, 3 weeks of back pain, the help of an epidural and forceps. The cord was around her neck and she was posterior. All in all, a pretty miserable experience. My second child was born after 1 and 1/2 hours of labour and that included trying to slow it down! Of course there was no time for any drugs! When I announced I was pregnant with my third my husband informed me there was no way he was driving 90 miles an hour to the hospital, which is about 40 minutes from our house.
With that in mind we found a midwife that would deliver at home. My pregnancy was smooth sailing, until I hit 6 months and got the chickenpox - the worst pain I have ever experienced - worse than labour! After that everything was great, I begun to dilate about 5 weeks before the birth all the way to a 5. Still nothing happened. When I was 2 weeks overdue I started to think I'd never have the baby and was convinced I would have to be started at my next appointment, which would put me at 18 day's late.
The day before my appointment I woke up with indigestion, pretty normal for me when I'm pregnant. For the next hour I tried to decide if I should get up and have a glass of milk, when all of a sudden the first contraction hit. Seven minutes later the next, then four minutes later. At this point I woke my husband and told him to call the midwife. My husband and I guessed I had about an hour to go. While the midwife was driving to my house the contractions quickly went to 1 minute apart and barely stopping before the next hit. Then my water broke, which with my second meant the head was right there ready. My husband looked and said 'Oh my God you have to push!' With one push Aidan James was born, 25 minutes after the first contraction. The midwife arrived 10 minutes later!
This is one story my husband will always love to tell!