Thought I would start this so they don't get lost in the various threads. I'm from Winter Babies 2011/2012. Not sure what to put in but here's the bare bones of it. Date: 4th Dec (40+2) How: Induction (pessary) at 40+1 due to pre eclampsia diagnosed at routine MW appt at 40+0 Time in active labour: 43 mins according to my notes! Couple of pushes. People present: Me and 2 midwives, birth partner didn't get back in time! Pain relief: Hot water bottle, paracetamol, codeine, gas and air for last 10 mins Baby: Girl 6lb 11oz, cord 2x round neck but fine Post birth: Post-partum haemorrage (1.7l!), retained membranes (didn't go til I was pushing, manual removal by docs rummaging in my insides!), day in special care unit (for me not baby). Hospital stay: 5 days (one night before induction, one dilating and rest recovering) Basically it's not good to shoot babies out that fast!