Ok, first let me start with a brief history. I have had two vaginal births, both precipitous. With my first, I was induced at 39wks 3 days. With my second, I was 42wks exactly. I had multiple peak contractions lasting over 30 seconds, with less than 5 seconds in between. I also have a history of sexual assault. When I was in labor with my second, my labor was so fast and intense that I was having flashbacks of my rape for the last hour or so and could not get the mans face out of my head. They rushed an anesthesiologist in, but by the time she got my back prepped and told me to stay perfectly still for 30 seconds, he was in the birth canal and I had to push. He was born three pushes later, and once I touched his head I was able to pull myself into the moment and deliver him. Now, I am 37 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy, and they have decided to induce me at 39 weeks. I am terrified that I may have another birth experience like the last one. Is there anything that could be done to prevent this, or to slow labor down a bit? Has anyone else had flashbacks or very fast labors, and how did you cope with the emotions and physical pain?
on Jul. 21, 2013 at 8:02 AM