(Closed) SIL’s home birth is taking forever!!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve read of natural births this long.. even after the water has broken (they just don’t ‘check’ you as often)

I was in labor (mostly not “active”.. but still had contractions) for 31 hrs before my emergency c-section… which was due to adverse affects of the pitocin given and b/c they broke my water and the hospital has a “cap” after the water is broken.

I’m sure shes fine… if there were any concern about her or the baby her midwife and doula would transport her to the hospital. =D.. Oh and Congrats on soon being an Aunt!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m not sure what I’d do in that situation, but this is exactly why I’m terrified of a homebirth! I hope her midwife and doula are keeping her best interestes in mind. Fingers crossed for you all.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Especially first time births can take days; hopefully her midwife and doula are keeping a close eye on her medical situation and will transport her to the hospital in case things go wrong.

Good luck to her!  I hope the baby comes soon; I’m sure she’s just exhausted!

ETA:  And how sweet that your little one will soon be a “big cousin!”  🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My sisters first child took 51hours and she was in the hospital. You just have to trust the midwife. They know what they’re doing.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My homebirth labor was 21 hours, but certainly it’s “normal” for them to take even longer. My midwife wanted me to be in active labor within 24 hours after my water broke, but my water didn’t even break until 18 hours into my labor. And the time from active labor until delivery can be quite long as well. I even know a homebirthed set of twins where the second twin was delivered two days after the first twin. So yeah, it’s fine for it to take a while.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@FreeRangeMom: OMGoodness… one twin a day after the other… I don’t know if I could make that…. that woman was amazing!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Cyndistar was in labor for over 70 hours at home, I believe. Births take as long as they need to. As long as she’s being checked to make sure the baby is not in distress it’s fine. The more natural and gradual her labor is, the less damage is done to her lady parts and overall health… as long as nothing goes wrong (baby has a bowel movement, etc). She’s still within her 2 weeks of being “overdue” so I’m sure they will let nature take it’s course unless it becomes unsafe for anyone 🙂 Don’t stress!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I’m sure it’s fine as well. A friend of ours had 2 children via home birth and the first one was super long. With the secod child, she thought she knew what to expect and waited n calling the midwife but labor moved so much more quickly, she delivered the baby with the help of her husband as the midwife was parking her car! When you are lettign nature lead, patience is required.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Although she may be disappointed that she is not having a home birth, it sounds like being at the hospital is likely a good choice.  Wednesday night to Saturday is quite a while to labor, especially if she didn’t have any previous tests (like ultrasounds) to confirm that the baby was doing well before labor started.

I wish her the best of luck!  Hopefully the little one will be here soon!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m glad she went to the hospital.  My Future Mother-In-Law is a NICU nurse and she has several cases a year where the parents are adamantly opposed to any hospital intervention when things go wrong so their babies end up dead.  Good luck to her!

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