i started having regular contractions at 7 months, and by 9 months, i was 3.5 cm dialated. after that, i stopped dialating. i went to the hospital 4 times only to be told that it was "false labor". i went to the dr's office one morning because she stopped moving. of course, as soon as they put the monitor on my belly, she moved. they sent me home, and told me to get some rest. that evening, i started going into labor. we went to the hospital AGAIN, and they still tried to send me home.my water had not broken, and i was still only 3.5 cm. they said i had to be 4 for them to admit me. i was 37 weeks. my husband and i demanded that the doc induce me. i told him, "you can discharge me if you want, but i'm staying right here until this baby is born!" they admitted me, and the next morning i was induced. 10 minutes after pitocin, and the epidural, she was crowning. ten pushes, and she was out. the actual process only took 20 minutes. i didn't feel a thing but pressure. as soon as her head popped out, my husband was bawling.