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post #1 of 91
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How long was your labor?
post #2 of 91
DS#1 was 20 hours, 2.5 hours of pushing. He was a posterior baby being born under not-so-good circumstances. I had tons of drugs and a failed epi, I was starved and forced to push semi-sitting. I cracked my pubic bone and couldnt walk for a few weeks. : My hospital experience was horrendous and I vowed never to return unless I was dying.....

Fast forward 11 months later to the birth of DS#2! An easy breezy 8 hour labor with almost an hour of pushing! I labored for ten minutes in a hot tub, and it was so relaxing it started to stop my labor!! I pushed squatting on the floor at the foot of my bed and birthed my son right into my hands. I honestly believe this is the best position to give birth in, and will make things go faster. So many things contribute to how long or short your labor will be. But being comfortable and feeling safe and not being inhibited are some things that will be on your side timewise.
post #3 of 91
From when are you counting?

From regular contractions onward, 33 hours.

8am-2pm early labor: contractions every five minutes,very manageable. Went to church (it was mother's day too ), went to Target and Costco, finished a cooking project.

2-6 pm contractions slightly closer together, started to get more agitated. Wanted to be out and about and walking and then wanted to be home. Went to the mall and for ice cream. Could no longer sleep through (or between) contractions.

6pm-2am normal active labor. contractions every 3 minutes, could only talk through with difficulty, stopped doing daily tasks and started focusing on labor. Still didn't believe it was actually happening right on my EDD andwas convinced in was prodromal. uh, no.

2-5am started having double-peaking contractions due to malpositioning, apprentice andthen midwife came over

5 am--had signs of transitions following positioning adjustment

5 am-4pm very intense labor. contractions under two minutes with multiple peaks. Back labor, nausea and vomiting, the whole deal

4 pm--emotional signs of transition to accompany the physical ones

4:30-5--pushing and birth

5.15 completed third stage.

It was great, but all things considered, I'd just as soon *not* have my next baby posterior/asynclitic. It just made things interesting.
post #4 of 91
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DS#1 was 20 hours, 2.5 hours of pushing. He was a posterior baby being born under not-so-good circumstances. I had tons of drugs and a failed epi, I was starved and forced to push semi-sitting. I cracked my pubic bone and couldnt walk for a few weeks. : My hospital experience was horrendous and I vowed never to return unless I was dying.....

Fast forward 11 months later to the birth of DS#2! An easy breezy 8 hour labor with almost an hour of pushing! I labored for ten minutes in a hot tub, and it was so relaxing it started to stop my labor!! I pushed squatting on the floor at the foot of my bed and birthed my son right into my hands. I honestly believe this is the best position to give birth in, and will make things go faster. So many things contribute to how long or short your labor will be. But being comfortable and feeling safe and not being inhibited are some things that will be on your side timewise.
Wow, two totally different birth stories! So sorry about the horrendous first birth! My goodness!
post #5 of 91
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From when are you counting?

From regular contractions onward, 33 hours.

8am-2pm early labor: contractions every five minutes,very manageable. Went to church (it was mother's day too ), went to Target and Costco, finished a cooking project.

2-6 pm contractions slightly closer together, started to get more agitated. Wanted to be out and about and walking and then wanted to be home. Went to the mall and for ice cream. Could no longer sleep through (or between) contractions.

6pm-2am normal active labor. contractions every 3 minutes, could only talk through with difficulty, stopped doing daily tasks and started focusing on labor. Still didn't believe it was actually happening right on my EDD andwas convinced in was prodromal. uh, no.

2-5am started having double-peaking contractions due to malpositioning, apprentice andthen midwife came over

5 am--had signs of transitions following positioning adjustment

5 am-4pm very intense labor. contractions under two minutes with multiple peaks. Back labor, nausea and vomiting, the whole deal

4 pm--emotional signs of transition to accompany the physical ones

4:30-5--pushing and birth

5.15 completed third stage.

It was great, but all things considered, I'd just as soon *not* have my next baby posterior/asynclitic. It just made things interesting.
Goodness! That is long! 33 hours! Sorry about the malposition. Yikes! What are double peaking contractions? Like back to back or one on top of the other?
post #6 of 91
From the start of active labor, which I'm saying is when I called my doula, to DD's birth...21 hours.

I had prodromal labor for a couple of days before that.

ETA I had positioning issues as well...DD was not posterior but she was turned to the side...she turned before I pushed her out.
post #7 of 91
I'd say 12 hours active labor. 20 hours of early labor with waters broken. 3 1/2 hours of pushing.
post #8 of 91
1st was 11 hours (3 hrs pushing)

2nd was 7 hours, got to 9cm, found out he was breech, and he was out by c/s 45 mins later
post #9 of 91
Early, managable contractions started about 10am, lasted till about 4pm, then started to dwindle if I wasn't walking at a decent pace (for 41wks pregnant). At about 730pm, I was counting 8+ minutes between contractions, down from 3 in the earlier part. Then at 8 on the dot, DD turned, engaged and broke my water all in one swift (painful) motion, and intense contractions began immediately. My body started pushing at about 1245am, I *think* (wasn't looking at the clock at that point). DD was born at 115am.
post #10 of 91
nak

18 hours with dd.
9 hours with ds.

I am the statistical average for difference between first and second births.
post #11 of 91
30 hours of active labor before he was taken by c-section.
post #12 of 91
Early labor was very manageable and started about 12 hours before dd was born. I was in active labor for approximately five hours. Purposeful pushing lasted for about 15 minutes. Dd was 6 pounds 6 oz at 37w4d. Unmedicated hospital birth, but only at the hospital for 37 minutes prior to delivery.

Next one will be a for sure!
post #13 of 91
from the time my water broke until I gave birth was 12 hours. Pretty good stats for a first time mom with a posterier babe, in my humble opinion!

Stacy
post #14 of 91
My water broke and I had a 30 hour labor - babe was slightly transverse so that's what took so long...Here's hoping this one is faster!
post #15 of 91
1st baby (hospital birth-induced, failed epi)= 27 hours and awful


2nd baby (homebirth)= 2.5 hours TOTAL, 1.5 hours active labor, midwife didn't make until 30 min after he was born Absolutely amazing, intense experience, makes me want to have a bunch of babies


ETA: I attribute my extremely fast birth to frequent chiro visits (baby was in perfect LOA position), and self-hypnosis during and before labor.
post #16 of 91
From first contraction to birth... 6 hours.

From "hard" labor to birth... about an hour.

If I would have waited to leave for the birth center until I was having trouble with contractions, the baby would have been born in our driveway

Homebirth for the next one!
post #17 of 91
10 hours
post #18 of 91
1st birth: 4.5 hours (25 min of that pushing) - I may have been in labor earlier than that but didn't notice... once my water broke, it was major contractions

2nd birth: 3.5 hours (10 min of that pushing) - I'd never call any of it hard labor though.
post #19 of 91
All my 3 were hb's without painrelief

1st 23hrs start to finish
2nd 5 hrs start to finish
3rd 8 hrs start to finish

post #20 of 91
DS : From first ctx to holding him in arms : 3.5 hours.

DD : From first ctx to holding her in arms : 90 minutes.
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