I'll second frenchy81 "be prepared" motto. I realised I hadnt shared my birth story! Gen is my first pregnancy and I began contracting 8am regularly ( woke 3am with one solo contraction) did some washing had breakfast msgd hubby that today was the day. By 10am they were 3-5min with no breaks a friend arrived for coffee and called hubby to come home. He called the hospital and threw a few things in a bag for himself packed the car, my waters broke as I got in the car, we drove to hospital at about 11:15 I had 3 contractions on the 10 min ride in and when they finally checked me at hospital at 1140 I was 10cm and baby was about to be born. 25min pushing and helped by a vacuum due to low heartbeat and she was out! My ob couldnt make it cos she was too quick so his colleague ( who I knew) delivered her. I was in shock I'd been anticipating this long labour and got a super short one, not even time for pain relief! In hindsight I'm glad it was quick because I had wanted to try a drug free delivery and I definitely would have had an epidural if I wasnt so far along when I arrived!
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