I'm due for a homebirth in a few months with my second bub. First was a traumatic 14 hour labour after induction at 42 weeks, and I'm hoping for some positive anecdotes about home birth labour times/pain comparisons
My biggest fear is that I will 'cave' and want to head to hospital for some pain relief, but if I can reasonably expect a shorter labour it could be a great encouragement heading to it!
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28-02-2013 16:03 #1
Is a homebirth labour shorter?
28-02-2013 16:11 #2
I haven't had a homebirth but I did labour at home for as long as possible with DD and it was a completely different experience to DS who was induced at 42+2.
(I was at hospital about 20 minutes before transition after 19 hours since the very first cx.)
Women tend to labour better when they are in a comfortable, safe, loving and supportive environment. With DD's labour I was happy, comfortable, I slept, watched TV, made phone calls etc. All I wanted to do with DS's labour is scream at the mw's to find out where the **** the anesthetist was to give me an epi.
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28-02-2013 17:43 #3Senior Member
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You very well might 'cave' but that is why women who homebirth are often very intune with who they choose as birth supports. Strong, wise, gentle people who support you through your doubts and fears are paramount to empowered birth - choose instinctively and you won't need to worry about how long you labour!
21-04-2013 22:04 #4Senior Member
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I know this thread is a bit old (hopefully you haven't already had your baby!), but I had the same concerns after having a long interventionist labour after an induction with my first, mostly "can I handle the pain of natural labour?".
My hospital and home births were worlds apart. While I had contractions most of the day with my home birth, they seemed quite mild and I thought I had ages to go as they were 5-7 minutes apart and I wandered around the house with my TENS machine, but then everything suddenly got very quick and painful, and during transition I did think wtf didn't I get drugs but by that time it was too late anyway as he was born an hour later.
So the active labour part was no more than 3 hours, and the crazy-out-of-control-transition part (when I would have liked some drugs) was maybe an hour, and then about 6 minutes of pushing.
Whereas the induced hospital birth, the contractions were so painful I ended up getting an epidural. Synto contractions and natural contractions are unbelievably different, so by the time I got to active labour I still felt strong and refreshed.
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