i have two wonderful stories!!!
ds (now nearly 10 years old) was 10 days overdue and had to be induced. had the gel at night before then drip/waters broken at 9am the next morning. walked around the hospital with the drip and contractions began about 10am. had a shower, got up on the bed head kneeling against the pillows facing the wall.
asked for gas as the contractions were getting intense and the midwife check showed i was fully dilated only 3-1/2 hrs later!
some pushing (same position, up over the bed head) and my son was born.
slight tear only because ds had his hand up on his head as he was born.
got up off the bed an hour later and walked back to my room with him!
3 hr labor
my dd (8 months old) i was 7 days overdue at home. i lost my plug at 9pm, my waters broke at 9.15pm. ds madly raced around calling the hospital and getting my bag! first contractions kicked in at 9.30 as we hopped in the car for the 40min drive to hospital. (hubby did a great job!)
was taken to EXACTLY the SAME ROOM where i delivered my son nearly 10 yrs before!! hopped up on the bed in the same position and had a few sucks of gas and my ds was born at 10.45pm. no tearing!
1 hr 15 min labor
yes the contractions hurt, but it is like a crescendo/wave and just when you think you can't stand it, they ease up and you get this wonderful, blissful break. i honestly think the position i gave birth in up over the bed head was really helpful, i had wonderful midwives and very short labours.
best of luck to you all!