As I was saying in my previous post, it is a statistical fact that the majority of women around the world tend to labor through the night. (For nocturnal creatures, the opposite is true.) Why? Well, some scientists posit that laboring at night is the result of evolutionary biology. Going back to early human times (and as is the case with the majority of other mammals) we want to give birth safely surrounded by those we trust - our tribe, clan, family etc. During the day, the men would have been off hunting woolly mammoth and the other women far flung gathering nuts and berries. At night, everyone would have been around to protect the space from predators.
I wondered whether I would fall into that pattern with this birth. Of course, I hoped I would because my mother, whether she remembers it or not, was disinvited from coming to the house to take care of our other two boys during labor. And having an active four-year-old and an 11-year-old who did not really want to see or hear any of this birth, we were worried how it would work out.