Mother of 1. Wondering if I did something wrong in my posterior labor.
My water broke, but only slightly. Contractions starting out at 5 min apart. Labored at home for 9 hours, went to midwife birthing center, 4cm dilated. Midwife determined baby was posterior. Did everything we could do to turn him. Midwives were having problems with their tub, got into a cold tub about 4 times. Had 9 hours of transition 8cm -10cm. Midwife determined I needed an epidural to help relax. I refused epidural at first, but after while we transported to the hospital. Dr. broke my water, I got epidural and baby was born within 6 hours. Total of 31 hours of labor. I had such natural plans for my birth. I've read about how to relax in childbirth and just let my body do what it was made to do. I went into labor not wanting my water broken, but now I am wondering it thats what was holding me up. Having back breaking pain for 24+ wasn't the greatest help. Nor was getting into a cold bath tub. Is there anything that could have been done differently. My midwife said my water may have broken up high just to let a little out then closed back up. Is that possible? Also are posterior labors more common when you've already had posterior. Also wondering if I should just stay at home and give birth next time. Also I was given a handout prior to labor on how to avoid bad postitioning, mainly posterior. I stuck to all the "correct positions".