How long were your labors?
Polly - 23 hours labor, 3 hours pushing (labor stalled). Just about the hardest thing about parenting this child, so far, was actually bringing her into the world.
Tigger - 13 hours labor, 20 minutes pushing
Sweet Pea - 8 hours labor, 5 minutes pushing
How did you know you were in labor?
Polly - contractions that tapered off - then pitocin (induced)
Tigger - water broke at o'dark-thirty in the morning, waking me up. I could almost promise you that I heard a popping sound. But maybe that was in a dream I was having.
Sweet Pea - regular contractions on the morning of her due date, before we were supposed to go in for induction. She's a punctual girl.
Where did you deliver?
The same hospital for all three. I highly recommend it.
Yes, again, highly recommended. Although I didn't need much with Sweet Pea. Just a bit to take the edge off. If I could have a guaranteed labor like that one, I'd have a dozen kids. (If Prince Charming would let me!)
Nope, but came very near it with the first. After a stalled labor, more drugs, and many other interventions, the doctor tried a vacuum extraction as the last thing before surgery. It worked, thankfully.
We use a teaching hospital so I've had a different doctor each time. They've all been good but my last was the best. Unfortunately she didn't make it for Sweet Pea's birth but her colleague was equally good. As far as I could tell. She barely had time to catch the baby, much less introduce herself. Sweet Pea was not waiting for anyone.
With Polly, and all the complications, we ended up with about 10 doctors and nurses standing around. I thought I was going to die, so I didn't care. With Tigger there were maybe 4-5. With Sweet Pea there was hardly time for the doctor to make it, so there was a doctor and 2 nurses assisting.
Here's the photographic proof. And, side note, don't you just love hospital gowns? I mean, don't they just make you feel like a true princess? (Removing tongue from cheek now!)