I'm posting this for my wife. Last Tuesday at about 1am her
water broke. What a relief! Contractions came on right away,
however the water was clear so we decided to stay at home as
long as possible. We eventually went into the hospital around 7am
when they were consistently 3 minutes apart.
Labor seemed to be progressing at a manageable pace for most of
the day, however they did multiple checks and the baby still hadn't
dropped. By 9PM (19 hours into labor) my wife was having some
pretty intense contractions and had not progressed past
8.5cm's for the past 3 hours.
The contractions had also been coming one after another with
seemingly no break. At one point it looked like she had 4
contractions in a row with no break in between (I heard
the nurse comment that she had never seen that before). To top it
off she was vomiting after each one. Her coping techniques were now
unable to get her through each contraction and she was tensing up
with each one.
By 9:30pm this became too much and we agreed to an epidural. By
10:00 my wife was able to relax and recover some of her strength
(we had both been up for the last 37 hours with no sleep). By 2am
her last check showed she had finally dialated to 10cm and was
almost fully effaced, but the baby was still too high. The
contractions started to slow down to about 7 minutes apart, so they
gave her Pitocin to increase the frequency of the contractions.
A little over an hour later she was fully effaced and
the baby had dropped. She started pushing a few minutes later
and by 6am she delivered a beautiful baby girl!
Interesting note. We were 2 days shy of 42 weeks. The nurse
showed my wife the placenta and said "look how healthy this
My wife and I both appreciate all of the advice and help you
have given, and Henci's book was a great resource (I referenced it
constantly). We wish we could have done without some of the
interventions, but we think we will be more prepared for the next