I'm curious what the range of normal is for subsequent births. My first labor was 17 hours and my second was 7. I'm wondering what I can expect this time. If you've had more than 3, feel free to list them all!
I only have a second because my kids are melting down.
My first was 37 hours from water breaking to baby, but it was inconsistent contractions which led to pitocin which led to epidural.
Second was 16 hours from water breaking to baby, born at home no interventions.
Third was 10 hours from water breaking to baby, also born at home w/o interventions. His was the shortest labor, but also the hardest due to position (asynclitic).
1- 24 hrs, 12 hrs active labour augmented with pitocin, birthed with epidural
2- 12 hrs, 6 hrs active labour all natural, med free
3- 23 hrs, 15 hrs active labour augmented with pitocin, birthed with epidural
I count the hours before active labour because that's when contractions became noticeably uncomfortable and regular. The active labour I refer to is from 3cm onward.
My first was a cervadil/pitocin induction, so not reliable data at all.
My second was about 10.5 hours, total.
My third was about 6.5 hours.
(My second, though, was at a hospital nearly an hour away, and I suspect that whole driving/triage/getting settled process probably added some time to it. My third was a home birth without any sort of interruption. My labors *felt* very similar, even though the second was considerably longer, and I suspect they would have been more similar in duration if the circumstances had been more similar.)
Yours diminish the same way each time... That scares me! my #1 was 84mins and #2 was 61mins. it's intense! not sure i fancy a 40min labour...
I've been so interested in this question too!
1st: 31 hours (hospital)
2nd: 3 hours (home)
3rd: I'll know in a month or 2! LOL Is it bad that I'm really, truly hoping for a <1 hour labor? The faster he comes, the more likely I'll be able to just stay home without having to explain myself to the doctor. :p
My first was about 36 hrs total... 12 hours early labor, 24 hours active from water breaking including 3.5 hrs pushing. Hospital birth, posterior baby, Epi for last 3 hrs of labor then pushing.
My second was about 18 hours total ... probably 5-6 hours of active labor, 25 minutes pushing. HAPPY wonderful home water birth.
Not sure if we'll go for a third yet.... I'm soo happy with my birth I kind of want that to be my last memory of birth. hehe
1st - contractions started about 9 pm(Monday). Admitted to hospital at 4 pm at 5cm(Tuesday). AROM and pitocin started around 7 pm. DS born 11:52(Tuesday) (hard labor didn't really start till after AROM)
2nd - contractions started about 7pm (Thursday). Labored all the next day at home(Friday). Admitted to hospital around 1am while in hard labor. DD born at 3 am (Saturday).
While my labor seems to be about the same length my hard labor is definitely shorter. I hope this time the whole labor process is shorter. I'll find out within the next few weeks!