anyone have an unplanned natural birth?
My first baby was 9 days early and I had a wonderful epidural (planned all along before I even got pregnant!) and my labor was longer, 17 hours. It was a perfect experience, and when I got pregnant with baby #2 I assumed the labor and delivery would be similar, but a little shorter though. I had planned to get an epidural again as soon as they allowed it. Well, my doctor decided she wanted to induce me 4 days after my due date, because of some high blood pressure issues, but 6 hours before my induction, my water broke (no contractions or indications of labor beforehand). Thinking I had lots of time, we took our time getting ready to go to the hospital, but each contractions was stronger, longer and closer together than the one before. We got to the hospital 1.5 hours before my baby was born, and there wasn't time for any drugs or epidural. The on-call anthesiolgist came in actually, but right before he got there I was 7cm and 3 minutes later I was fully dilated and pushing without control. My baby was born about 2 minutes after the doctor ran into the room, and she just flew out! The whole time I was in labor, I kept wishing for an epidural, but I am soo happy I got to experience a natural birth. I never thought I would be able to do something like that, and I absolutely never wanted to before I was "forced" to :) (my baby is 1 month old now, btw!)
It ended up being such a great experience, feeling her be born and the empowerment I got from being so proud of myself. So, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I am already thinking about what I want to do for baby #3. I honestly don't think I could do a natural birth again if I didn't "have" to. Soo...if you had an unplanned natural birth, what did you do or what are you doing for the next baby? Because my baby was born so fast, my doctor already told me she could do an earlier induction next time (39 weeks) so that we are safely at the hospital.