I'm really looking for some thoughts/advice. I'm a first time mum and not meaning to sound neirotic or moany - I know this isn't supposed to be easy. However, for over a week now I've been having contractions that have been gradually increasing in intensity. In fact the past 4 days they've been constant and reached as little as 2 minutes apart. I haven't been able to sleep and am absolutely exhausted. As a result my midwife led unit have been concerned about me carrying on like this. There has been marginal progress with my cervix softening and dilating slightly but that's all. They finally sent me to the hospital yesterday with a view to being induced (admittedly not what want but soooo emotionally and physically spent). When we got there the doc just said to persevere and it could even take another couple of weeks!!!!! Apparently this is the part 'woman forget' and as long as baby's fine there is no reason to intervene. Does this sound right? Has anyone else been through this? Is there anything I can do to help things along? I'm 39+1 and had my show yesterday morning.