Please tell me that quick births run in families!?
I visited my grandmother this week and my mom was there as well. Gram told me a little about her birth stories, although given that they were over 50 years old [sorry mom!] I didn’t get too many details.
She said with both of her children she felt zero pain from the contractions. She just knew the babies were coming. My grandfather took her to the hospital and she told the nurses she was in labor. They told her to go home since this was her first there was no way she was in active labor. She told them the baby’s head was coming out, and sure enough when the nurse checked her my Uncle Chris was crowning! When she delivered my mom years later, she said her labor was 2 hours from start to finish and she never felt a thing. My grandfather apparently was still parking the car when my mom was born.
I know grandparents can embellish stories a bit, but I believe she’s telling the truth! But I also wonder if she has just forgotten about the pain all these years later!?
I asked my mom about her births too.
With me, she was in labor for 14 hours from water breaking to birth. She had one kind of drug to take the edge off and remembers the contractions being pretty painful, but I think the fact that I came out not breathing was worse!
With Larbs, her labor was only SIX hours. I don’t think she had any drugs for pain that time [remember this was the 80s] and she said the pain was worse. She did have pitocin – during a 6 hour labor! I can’t imagine what for, but my guess is that’s why it was worse.
Read more about my birth story in this guest post my mom did for my birthday!
My greatest fear about birth isn’t the pain or the intensity – it’s the length. I watched (from the internet : ) ) Emily labor for 50+ hours and have had other friends go on longer than a day. I know you can’t predict or control a thing, but I can hope + wish, right!?
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