I've frequently lurked on this board but have never posted and I appreciated all the birth stories and questions from others so I thought I would share my story. I started irregular, mild contractions at 11pm on 10/21. I woke up at 4 am with painful regular contractions lasting only 15-20 sec. Over the next 4 hrs, the contractions continued to be brief but 3-5 min apart. My doctor's office said to call when they were 5 min apart, lasting for 1 min, for 1 hr so I didn't call until my water broke and I lost my mucus plug at 8am. Called my doula, who suggested I continue to labor at home (glad I didn't listen to her). Didn't hear back from MD's on call office until 8:45. Left home at 9:15 after childcare came. Arrived at the hospital at 9:45. Parked in 20 min parking so my husband could take me to triage. Triage nurse did exam, said "oh honey you are 9.5/10 cm". Me: "is it too late for an epidural". nurse: "yes honey, you are ready to push this baby out". I sobbed from fear and shock/disbelief. I overheard some brief discussion about how this was a VBAC between her and the doctor. I was rushed to a delivery room, nurses tried to find baby's heart rate without success and had to place a scalp monitor while I was getting an IV. Tons of people in the room told me to push, doula finally arrived, and baby was born at 11:19 am yesterday. I had 2nd degree tear, but I feel great. Baby boy was 8.8 pounds and 21 inches. Luckily parking valet men were understanding about us parking in the 20 min spot given the situation.