Sigh. I did 'everything right' with #1. But sometimes you can do everything right and shit just happens....had midwives, read Ina May and everything else they gave me, prenatal squats and perineal massage, fully comfortable with the possibility of home birth. But dammit if my water broke when I was 10 days overdue and I was GBS+ and had no progression and required IV antibiotics and induction, and the whole effing 'cascade of intervention', and refused to dilate and spent 4 hours resisting the urge to push, eventually an epidural, and 12 hours pushing. Licensed midwifery was very new here at the time and protocol required consultation with an OB at a certain point and I was warned that we were 15 min away from forceps. She came out with a few minutes to spare, face up with hand beside her head and with the cord around her neck in a pool of meconium under 7 pounds. (sorry, had to speed up the 47 hour ordeal) Birth can be so undignified sometimes. I suppose on a positive note, I narrowly avoided a c-section.
Second time around was a breeze. 3 days of labor but only 15 min of pushing out an 8 pounder with zero intervention, and home from the hospital eating chicken pot pie less then 4 hours later
In retrospect, their births were good predictors of their future personalities.