I agree. The two things I learnt with ds' labor.....
1. If you are happy and comfortable...DONT move!
Regardless of who says what! I went from 0-3cm in about an hour, pain free sitting on the toilet. It hurt when I stood up, so id sit back down! Df insisted I needed a nurse, she insisted I needed to be checked/monitored, so up onto the bed I got....it took forever to get to the bed from pain, and I couldn't cope once I moved because the pain was excruciating! I don't remember contractions, just sciatica each time down both legs. My lesson is learnt! Ill be staying put!
2. If you can, sleep, sleep and more sleep early on in labor! I woke at 10am sunday, helped mum at her shop, as I was going to bed around 11 I felt a few bh, got a bit of mucous so walked around a bit, sat up too exited to sleep. 1am my waters broke, we had a fair drive on a horrible road to hospital, so we left by 2am, got there near 4am....by 11am we were being transferred to another hospital, my first time in an ambulance or flying!...landed and were st the other hospital around 3 pm monday...I had had about 20 mins sleep before being woken up for obs.... 5pm stuck on toilet, 7 pm asked for gas.... I was falling asleep between 2 min apart contractions, but only 3cm, while sucking the gas..... At 8pm when mum arrived she knew I want coping so got an epi. It took till 9am tuesday with the epi to go from 3-6 cm. which is when they decided it was taking too long and ds' was starting to stress, so off we went to theatre
I fully believe if I had some sleep sunday night, I could have gone longer, and maybe avoided the csect as my body just started shutting down....and I just couldn't cope with the pain when my mind was trying to sleep.