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Poll Results: How long was (were) your labor(s)?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% (12)
    Less than 1 hour
  • 3% (10)
    1-2 hours
  • 7% (20)
    2-3 hours
  • 10% (27)
    3-5 hours
  • 12% (32)
    5-7 hours
  • 9% (24)
    7-9 hours
  • 10% (29)
    9-12 hours
  • 10% (29)
    12-18 hours
  • 10% (27)
    18-24 hours
  • 9% (26)
    24-36 hours
  • 8% (22)
    36-48 hours
  • 3% (8)
    More than 48 hours
264 Total Votes  
post #21 of 39
My first was 4 hours from water breaking to birth. My contractions didn't start until about 30 minutes after my water broke.

2nd labor was 3.5 from water breaking to birth. It followed pretty much the same pattern as first.

3rd was 1.5 hrs from my water breaking to birth. My contractions started within minutes of my water breaking.

4th was 2.5 hrs from first contraction to birth. It was theonly birth that my water didn't break till the end.

5th was 2.5 hrs from water breaking to birth. Contractions started within minutes of my water broke.
post #22 of 39
my water broke which started it, first baby, 11 hours! MW was in shock lol i did hypnobabies
post #23 of 39
I would always labor for days/weeks before really kicking into intense labor. Contracts would be as close at 2 mins apart lasting 90 seconds... for hours. But, it wasn't 'gonna have a baby' labor. 'Gonna have a baby labor' stats were like this:
1. 18.5 hours (posterior never flipped)
2. 4.5 hours
3. 90 mins
4. 100 mins.
post #24 of 39
I was induced at about 9:30 am with pitocin. AROM by the OB at around 10:30. Had an epidural at around 11:00 am. He arrived vaginally at 10:06 pm. Just a little bit over 12 hours, with 1:15 minutes of pushing.

I think it helped that I was 3cm went I went in, with his head at -1. Just didn't go into labor.
post #25 of 39
wow the labour times are all over the board!

both my labours were 12 hours. they say that the second is usually shorter but I couldn't sit still with my first I needed to walk and with my second I wanted to lay in bed. I am sure the walking helped keep things moving and the laying down slowed things.
post #26 of 39
My first baby was a 17 hour labour. He was posterior.

My second baby was a 2.5 hour labour. She was LOA.

My third baby was a 6 hour labour. He was ROA.
post #27 of 39
~6 hours that I recognized as labor (started about noon), but looking back I felt weird from the time I woke up, so I was probably having contractions I couldn't feel all morning, so maybe ~11 hours if you count that
post #28 of 39
I voted 18 hours. That was my first. With my second I was only in labor for 7 hours
post #29 of 39
Wow, 126 labors shorter than 12 hours, and 82 longer than 12 hours. I'm really surprised, since I thought my 27 hour labor was pretty average.
post #30 of 39
Both of mine started with water breaking. First one, water broke, no labor, pitocin, baby about 8 hours after ROM. Second one, water broke, instant strong labor, baby out about 1.5-2 hours after ROM.

ETA: First baby was posterior and came out sunny side up after 30 min pushing. Second baby was LOA and came out after literally two contractions pushing, maybe about 2-3 minutes.
post #31 of 39
With DD1 I was in labor for 8 hours, DD2 was 6 hours, and with DD3 It was almost an hour when they broke my water. I have to say the shorter the labor the more intense it felt to me and more painful.
post #32 of 39
Mine was 18 as I recall. Started with waters breaking, contractions shortly after. They were mild but evenly spaced. 1st stage was about 14 hours with a 4 hour second stage.
post #33 of 39
My first labor was 9 hours long. My second was 15hours. I do things backward, apparently
post #34 of 39
My first was exactly 11 hours long from first contraction to birth. I woke up to 2 minute contractions.

For Dd2 my water broke and I didn't go into labor. So it was around 40 hours after my water broke that I gave birth. But from first contraction to birth was a little less than four hours. Again, I woke up to 2 minute contractions.
post #35 of 39
I am in the 36-48 hour range with my first. I was having contractions for over 30 hours and I was only 4 cm dilated. The nurse had me walk around for 2 hours to see if I can progress faster, but it did nothing for me. Finally got a pit and an epidural and I was fully dilated after 6 hours. Whoever had 48+ hours labor, you are a trooper. I am now pregnant with my second and due in 2 months. The anxiety has returned and I really hope that it will go smoother the second time.
post #36 of 39
5 Hours!
post #37 of 39
27 hours with DD, 10 with DS.

This poll probably isn't terribly scientific because I'm guessing that a disproportionate number of MDC mamas have had natural, low-intervention births. That will push the average up a bit. Mamas placed under the gun with pit and c-sections will probably have shorter labor times.
post #38 of 39
1st sign of labor (both times) has been when my water broke, contractions begin almost immediately, and from water breaking to baby in arms was 1 hour and 48 minutes with DD1 and 1 hour and 8 minutes with DD2 (And the cord was wrapped around her neck twice, slowing her down!)

I walk around for weeks at 100% effaced and 3-5 cms dilated without ever feeling anything.
post #39 of 39
I voted 12 - 18 hours, because I definitely knew I was in early labor that morning, but it wasn't hard labor by any means. I was puttering around cleaning the house and making soup. It slowly and steadily progressed throughout the day. I was in active labor for about six hours, and intense labor for about three hours.
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