I thought i would share with you a bit about my labour. I had a home birth complete with midwives and DoulaS. It was my second home birth and i can honestly say.... i think im addicted. Is that crazy? The whole experience was FUN. Of course a little uncomfortable but quite honestly both were some of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.
When my midwife got to the house just after 5am i was 4 cm and my cervix was thin. my bedroom was all set and ready to go. Same sheets i had delivered my son on too. Keep in mind DS was still asleep in his room, not a clue what was happening. I laboured great with DH as my Doula (lol) and he really really was an amazing coach. We laughed, he made coffee and toast and all hung out upstairs just waiting. at 730 DS woke up and came to see me. i struggled with not appearing in pain but i didnt want to scare him. I called my mom to cancel breakfast and to come and pick up my DS. She arrived just after 8 and just as my midwife checked me and discovered i was 9cm. YIKES! really... that was fast. Both my mom and dad came into my room and visit but before they both started crying. Before i had another contraction i asked them to leave QUICKLY. My mom asked my midwife how much longer and she said "ah well, i think you will have a new family member by 10am" no pressure or anything.
My back up support finally arrived just 15 minutes before my doula made it in the door from up north. MY GOSH i was sooooo happy to see them. My water still hadnt broken despite trying the tub, toilet, squat stool, all 4's, on my back, you name it i tried it. the pressure was intense but i always had a break in between. Only thing was that i needed to make a decision as to if i wanted to have my water broken or not. Here is that part that i loved having them there. My brain was mush. i didnt know if i did or didn't. i wanted everything to happen on its own but knew i was so close that it could just be what got things OUT. My Doula was there to help me best decide that yes... im 9cm breaking my water wasnt evasive and most likely going to make things move a lot faster. i may have had a small bit of regression but maybe not. Decision made. They broke my water at 930am.