My advice for surviving this labour thing. Stay as calm as you can possibly manage. If you can crack a joke here and there, it really helps your spirit. Take music that reminds you of something good. I took our wedding CD and when the contractions hit me I was probably thinking about walking down the aisle or having my photos taken or something in a sunny day in spring. Great for distraction! Music that reminds you of a summer holiday you had once would also be good Trust your birth partner and midwives. They will get you through it. Get on the gas and air. And if it doesn't work for you in the first few puffs. Keep perservering. It is absolutely amazing stuff. And most important for me was staying upright. At the point of arriving at the hospital, I had done most of my zillions of contractions standing up and they were painful but manageable. But when I was asked to lay down on the bed so they could check how dilated I was, I couldn't believe how much more painful things became! I would say three times more uncomfortable. So even if you feel like laying down and feeling sorry for yourself, its best to keep that gravity thing going. Also if you can't face food. Eat glucose tablets and drink lots of water. After being awake for several days,I think the glucose tablets really helped to give me enough energy. Hope this helps. If I think of anything else that got me through I'll let you know.