Hey there Melissa,
I had an impressively quick birthing experience, considering it was my first!
My surges started at around 8:30am 23rd November being regular at 5 minutes apart and lasting a minute as soon as they came on.
We went to my obstetrician appointment at 9:30am and told him I was in labour, so we popped over to the hospital to check in with one of the midwives. Because I was a week over due, I was hooked up onto the CTG machine to check bub was ok and to see my contractions.
We left the hospital to go home again, only to be there for 45 minutes before my waters broke! By the time we got back to the hospital, my surges had become a lot more intense and within 15 minutes I was in the water bath (~1:15pm)
The midwives were absolutely amazing, keeping the bathroom dimly lit, hushed voices and only whispering affirmations to me to help me as the surges got more frequent and more intense.
I had gas and air (only 30%) to keep the...