any other fast laborers?

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any other fast laborers?

I spoke to both my OB (before I left her care last month) as well as my doula about "going fast." My first labor was 4 hours with an epi (which often slows things down). Since it is common for second births to go faster than the first and I do not plan to request an epi this time, I suppose that could mean a very short time between "I'm feeling kinda off" and "I'm ready to push."

Everything you read about NCB suggests to labor at home as long as possible, but I know if I wait until I am having fast and heavy contractions, I will NOT be willing to get in the car and will end up having an unplanned and relatively unassisted HB. My doula suggested calling her and heading to the hospital as soon as I feel the first signs of impending labor.

Anyone else have experience with this?

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My first birth was fast, but not so terribly fast that I would have suddenly had the baby in a taxi! I didn't want to be sent home and so waited a while before heading to the hospital. (Hospital was it, no choice back then!) My water broke about 6-7am and around 9:30am our landlord drove us down to the hospital, a 30 minute drive in traffic. DS was born at approximately 11am. It was fast enough that I couldn't figure out what stage I was at and how to breathe properly. I had asthma problems and that certainly was no help.

With DD, I awoke at 4am and felt I needed to get to the hospital early in case things went even faster this time. Once again we were without a car, so our neighbor drove us down to the hospital (and kept DS overnight). We got there around 5-6am. DD was quick to come, but somewhat slower to arrive than DS had been. I was not feeling well and wasn't on top of things. My water did not break early this time. She was born around 11am as well.

In both cases I was up and walking a few hours later, happy and healthy.

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Lurking and curious about this too! My first wasn't TOO fast, 9 hours from water breaking to baby, but only 6 hours of contractions, they didn't start right away.

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I'm in the same boat, and wondering how long I should stay home. My first birth experience was 4 hours, start to finish, with my water breaking 20 minutes before birth and only ten minutes of my body pushing. But, it was ten years ago, and I'm wondering how things will be this time.

My OB recommend the same basics he recommended for others (go in when pressure waves are 4-5 minutes apart, about one minute each, and hard enough I have to breathe through them), but said to trust my body as well.

I am 37 weeks, and will be having this one anytime in May. I guess I'll know in a few more weeks. Hope the above info was at least some help to you- and I'm interested to know what you decide and how it goes.

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Well, I am a fast birther. DD was here in 4 hours. However, I am planning a homebirth, so I am not sure what I would do if I had to decide labour had started and head into the hospital.

Well, one thing I am doing this time is familiarizing myself with my cervix. I'm hoping it helps somewhat when it comes time to call my mw's. Maybe it might give me a little insight. That's something you could try.

Or maybe instead of waiting til waves are 5min. wait til they are 8-10 min apart?

Ask your Doula to help you make that decision at home, then go with you into L&D. Rather than calling her and having that decision made over the phone.

And, my best advice is to prepare yourself for an accidental UC. Just in case.

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My first 3 children were induced. With all 3 though, the second my water broke I was ready to push and probably only pushed for 5-10 minutes each time. It didn't matter if I was dialated to 6 or 8 at the time water broke. When my water broke with my third, the doc checked me and said it would be awhile and left the room. I begged him to stay cuz I knew my body...he wouldn't. 5 minutes later, the nurse delivered my daughter. With my 4th and last, I went into the whole thing super nervous. I had a new doc and told her my biggest fear was her not being there for delivery. I know she planned on doing everything she could to not miss it. Nature had other plans though...

I woke up and had the urge to go #2. I tried and couldn't. I noticed some spotting on my panties and then realized they were damp. I went into my bedroom and felt the bed and it was kinda wet. It kinda freaked me out cuz like I said, after my water breaks it's usually only minutes later. BUT...I wasn't feeling what I considered contractions, I just felt the need to go #2. I called my doc and she didn't think it was anything to worry about. This was about 6:15 am. She had just checked me a day or two before and I was high and thick, not dialated at all. I was nervous though cuz of the spotting, which has never happened before. So I told the doc I would feel better heading to the hospital and getting checked, even if it was a waste of time. While I was getting dressed, that urge to go #2 was getting worse. My contractions have never bothered me with my other kids. I have never gotten an epideral, cuz the only time I hurt was when pushing. This "bowel pain" was really starting to kill me on the way to the hospital and it was happening more often. I started crying and hubby was freaking. He kept saying, I think you are in labor, and I kept saying, labor isn't like this. We got to the hospital approx 8 am and I couldn't walk or talk. As soon as I stood up to get on the exam table, my water broke the rest of the way. I was still in jeans and my sweater. With hubby's help I ripped off my jeans, and got checked real quick. I was 7 already. In the short time it took her to wheel the bed to the delivery room, I started yelling that my skin was tearing cuz it felt like it and they checked again, and I was 10. I wasn't undressed, I had no IV, no monitors, nothing. My son was born at 8:22 am.

So from my expierience, I say go if you feel anything. It may be a waste of time, but you never know what's going on. The ONLY reason I went, was cuz of seeing blood. Had I not seen it, I guarantee our baby would have been born at home or in an ambulance.

I had already decided I wanted to stop at 4 kids, but if I hadn't, I would still be done. That last one was way too fast for my liking and scarey!

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I've been wondering this too - since this is my first I have no idea what to expect and depending on the traffic, we are about 45ish minutes from our hospital and DH is very nervous about that. I don't plan on going in too early but I don't want to wind up having a baby in a car. It's something I guess I will talk with the midwives about a bit later on, I still have a few months to go!

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Yeah I would call the doula and have her come over right away to help you decided. I am having a hb, but wondering the same since my mw is a two hour drive away. My irst was not super fast, but fast for a first. It was 7 hours from contractions till pushing and all of that was super intense. I could not imagine wanting to get in a car during that. Also he was posterior and four hours of that was stalled labor. So it was actually only 3 hours of progress. My mom keeps warning me this one will be much faster.

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My first labor was 14 hours from water-breaking to holding baby. So I was expecting that my second would be 10ish or so hours. Well I felt my first contraction at 3am and had my baby girl in my arms just before 8am so only 5 hours. My husband and mom had to force me to leave to the birth center around 6:30am which was 30 mins away. I was thinking I would have a long way to go and was afraid og getting there too early, well turns out I was a 9 and fully effaced when we got there and had her less than an hour after stepping in the door! So

"Well, one thing I am doing this time is familiarizing myself with my cervix. I'm hoping it helps somewhat when it comes time to call my mw's. Maybe it might give me a little insight. That's something you could try.

Or maybe instead of waiting til waves are 5min. wait til they are 8-10 min apart?

Ask your Doula to help you make that decision at home, then go with you into L&D. Rather than calling her and having that decision made over the phone.

And, my best advice is to prepare yourself for an accidental UC. Just in case. "

I totally agree with everything JorgieGirl said Smile

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My first Labor was 11 hours, my second was ONE! lol :eek: ok, I guess you could say it was an hour and a half. (8:30 to 10:10)
My third labor was a couple of hours of prelabor and two hours at the hospital. The last was a whopping eight hours. But I was in a horrid place mentally and I think I made it go slower because I fighting it.
I experiance what is called prodromal labor. Which means I walk around at 5 or a 6 for weeks before hand. I ended up just using the guideline of "go to the hospital when I couldn't talk through contractions".
I also ditto what JorgieGirl said with a bit BUT...
Remember that the position you have to get into to check your own cervix (all hunched over) will push your baby further into your cervix which will make it spread. So you may think you are at a 5 but laying flat you will probably only be at a two or three. I also suggest (and I learned this the hard way) NEVER tell hospital staff that you checked yourself. You will get lectured to kingdom come. Never mind they tell you to have sex with your husband and his penis is probably WAY dirtier than your freshly washed hands, they will still tell you how dangerous it is.
I never check how far apart contrax are because I have them about 3 min apart for a month, but I really do go by the old adage of call when you cant talk through them (or if you are weird like me and can talk through all of them. Go when they are a minute apart lol). I really do think its one of those things you have to listen to your body about. Labor is so different from woman to woman that what will work for me, might not be the right sign for you.

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My labor wasn't really short although it was faster than anyone thought and they were not in the room when Andrea crowned. Anwway, although I don't have experience I wanted to say that it may depend on your hospital. If you have a natural-birth friendly hospital like I did, then going when you first start labor may not be bad. I was able to walk the halls and sit in the bathtub during labor at the hospital, etc. It wasn't any worse than being home and there is no worrying about "should I go now" anymore.

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My first labor was about 16 hours from first ctx I noticed to delivery. I was only at hospital for 5 hours. This one was 24 hours from first noticeable ctx to delivery, but for most of the day I had hardly any ctx or very here and there. They didn't really pick up until 16 or 17 hours after I noticed the first one.

I had the same worry since with Alexa I didn't have any reg ctx & arrived at hospital at 6cm. I think you just know when to head in. i did with her & that's what both OB and MW said this time around too. Turns out things went entirely different this time with a high leak in my water bag and no progressing ctx, but I still just had this feeling that it was time to go in. When we got there I ended up walking around for a while before getting admitted. Are you guys close to the hospital? I know when I talked to my MW they were more than willing to let you go home if you did happen to come in and it was too early. As for waiting too long, I don't think I'd worry too much (this coming from someone who had this exact worry!) because, especially as a 2nd timer, I think you'll just know.

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Yes, it IS hard to know when to head in to the hospital! With my first child I felt only slight taps...no pain at all. It was almost like hearing your watch tick. The problem was that they appeared every minute after my water had broken. I didn't know what they were. I phoned the nurse and she said essentially to get myself there FAST! I thought she was wrong, that these could not be contractions. Haha! I was wrong. :eek:

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"gardenbug" wrote:

Yes, it IS hard to know when to head in to the hospital! With my first child I felt only slight taps...no pain at all. It was almost like hearing your watch tick. The problem was that they appeared every minute after my water had broken. I didn't know what they were. I phoned the nurse and she said essentially to get myself there FAST! I thought she was wrong, that these could not be contractions. Haha! I was wrong. :eek:

Wow...I could go for silight taps!

Kristen--My mother (who is always super negative) was telling me today that her labor with my brother was longer than with me. She was suggesting it was due to her age (she was 37 when she had him---about a year older than I am now). I was inclined not to believe her just b/c she likes to go all "worst-case" with everything. I do think it could be possible that the labor was so short with Zoe b/c of the miso induction, even though my OB told me that was not the case.

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ME!

If my water hadn’t broken for both my 1st labour, I don’t thin the MW would have made it – as it was she made it there 30-45 minutes before DS was born. For that reason, we chose to have a closer MW for DD’s birth. Good thing too! She still only made it 45 minutes before the birth!

DS’s labout was 2h45min between “I feeling some contractions” and “here he is”, though there were 10 hours of “I wonder when labor will start” between my water breaking and labor starting. DD was 2h 15min, with only 2.5 hours between water breaking and labor starting. Also, it seems that I must just not feel contractions prior to transition because both times I’ve simply been relaxed or sleeping, and then all of a sudden I can’t talk during contractions and “You’d better call the midwife ASAP!”

This, for me, is another reason for home birth. I don’t think you could get me into a vehicle if my life depended on it!

On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to be wandering around the hospital for 10 hours after my water broke with nothing going on (and they’d want to put a monitor on me). And they’d likely send me home anyway!

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I also had fast labors. With DS, I was totally clueless and thought I had food poisoning Blum 3 I started having mild pain at about 1am and headed to the hospital at 4am. I was 9 cm dialated and the only reason I didn't have him at home was because he was posterior.

With DD, I had some mild contractions all day (felt more like BH contractions so I wouldn't call it labor). Had my first "real" contraction at 11pm. Arrived at the hospital at about 12am and she was born at 1:37am. So, my labor was only around 3 hours. I was 5 cm when I got to the hospital and went so fast that the nurse had to deliver her. It was totally natural (no epi or IV).

I usually dialate some before I actually go into labor. With DD and DS I was 3 cm for a couple weeks before I delivered. If I labor the same this time, I plan to go to the hospital when I get a "real" contraction. For me my real contractions are so different than my BH contractions.

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I honestly think that fast laborers won't get messed with as much even if you do get to the hospital early. All of mine were pretty quick (well ds was my longest, but I am still glad I was there early, because once my contractions were hard enough for me to have to breathe through them I was 7cm and he was born 10 min later) I went when my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and laying down/drinking water didn't slow them down. I did get pitocin with ds but that was completely my choice. I was progressing very slowly (early labor) and they said I could take the pitocin or go home and labor until they got worse. Since I live so far from the hospital and knew I was progressing, albiet slowly, and how fast my others came once I was in active labor...not to mention the fact that I live in WI and it was December... I decided to go with the pitocin (and honestly I didn't find my pitocin contractions any worse than natural labor contractions, in fact he was my only completely pain med free birth). I never pushed long with any of my kids, dd1 was less than 20 min, dd2 was 1 purposeful push and ds was maybe 2 or 3 purposeful pushes (I add that because my body was naturally pushing more than that). DS was completely out within 2 or 3 minutes after I was 10cm dilated.

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My labors were pretty fast so this is somthing that I worry about too, and the drive to the hospital is 40min with no traffic.

I was induced with both girls. DD1 at 39w2d, no prelabor signs, got into high blood pressure so we induced. from time that water was broken and pit started to holding her was 7 1/2 hours. I started at 2cm, and got an epi at 5cm, I was 10 and pushing within an hour of the epi.

DD2 I was induced at 40w5d, lots of prelabor signs the week before that went away when she turned posterior at 40w. Water broken and pit started at 9:30am (2cm), she was born at 12:03pm, so 3 1/2 hours. She never did turn so she was complete posterior at brith. I had no pain meds with her. Also with DD2 the pit was really low, so it felt to me like the contractions were close to what natural labor would feel like.

So yeah I'm worried that if I get to go into labor on my own and this kid is facing the right way that DH may be catching him. The cathing him part is not my worry its bleeding after that I worry about.

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I have fast labors and did end up having an unplanned unassisted homebirth with my second, my husband wasn't even there because he was dropping our son off at DC.

My first I was induced and from the time they hooked me up to when I had him it was about 6 hours. With my second I was expecting the intense contractions Pitocin gave me so I thought I had lots of time. From when my water broke to when I had her only 4 hours went by.

If we have another we'll be planning a homebirth so I don't have to worry about the timing and I'll be calling the midwife as soon as I'm aware of labor starting. All in all this is a pretty nice concern to have, it beats laboring for hours on end.

Cindy

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What is this thing "fast labor" that you speak of? Having a baby doesn't normally take three days? ROFL
Ah, that I can laugh about it now...

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Yes -- with DD, my labor was 5 hrs, with DS, my labor was about 3 hrs. He was born 18 minutes after we got to the hospital and I think if I had pushed earlier, he would have come sooner -- but, we were trying to actually get to the hospital!

kvo
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"lifeisgood" wrote:

I have fast labors and did end up having an unplanned unassisted homebirth with my second, my husband wasn't even there because he was dropping our son off at DC.

My first I was induced and from the time they hooked me up to when I had him it was about 6 hours. With my second I was expecting the intense contractions Pitocin gave me so I thought I had lots of time. From when my water broke to when I had her only 4 hours went by.

If we have another we'll be planning a homebirth so I don't have to worry about the timing and I'll be calling the midwife as soon as I'm aware of labor starting. All in all this is a pretty nice concern to have, it beats laboring for hours on end.

Cindy

OMG, you gave birth alone? And yes, I am glad it is quicker rather than longer.