So my first baby (hospital birth) came in 16 hours from first contractions to in my arms. When my water broke I dilated from 5-10 and had a baby in my arms 3 hours later. (40w3d)
Second baby (38w0d, out of hospital)- Water broke first. Contractions started an hour later. I barely felt them. My actual labor, from first contraction to baby in arms was a little over 2 hours. ;-) Accidental unassisted because labor went SO fast and I just wasn't in pain.
Now I'm expecting #3. Due in 3 months. MW says the third baby is the wild card and we just don't know what we are gonna get but we will plan on it being fast.
My doula from last time thinks if my water stays intact this time it won't be as fast.
Me on the other hand. I'm a little anxious. I guess because several people tell me I for SURE will have another fast one and then others act like I shouldn't worry. I'm not really stressing over it but I wondered what other's experiences were. Maybe that will give me an idea.
Has anyone had a precipitous birth and then had a long birth after?
Or is it once a fast one always a fast one?
My first was 2 hours from AROM to fully dilated but not considered precipitous since I also had 2 hours of pushing.
My second was 4 hours of labor, 1 push.
My third was 6 hours of labor, 1 push.
But my third was by far my easiest. I didn't have to vocalize at all, even in transition I just did deep breathing. My mw said I was her first mom she had laughing and talking in transition. So that's just to say if it's longer it's likely to be easier too, ime.
Single, student mama to 3 boys
I can't even imagine how stressful it would be if I intended to birth somewhere else. As soon as I was "sure" I was in labor it would be madness to get out of the house and down the road. With my second I was 'almost' sure I was in labor for two weeks straight.
I'd love to hear more stories of third babies after precipitous labors.
Yurt livin mama with three free range wild things 11/05, 10/07, and a wee new squish 7/13, and one two three four five little angels. Knitting junkie, sewing obsessed. Falls asleep to the sound of coyotes singing.
My first at 39 weeks was 21 hours from first real contraction to birth.
Second at 39 weeks was 30 minutes AROM to birth. (not contracting before AROM, but I was 4cm dilated for a few weeks before being induced)
When I got to the third, I thought for sure it would be quick. At 39 weeks (again!), went into labor at 6pm and delivered at 12:07am.
ETA: my first two were born in two pushes, whereas my third took 20 minutes of pushing. And they were all around the same size about 6.5 lbs give or take a few oz.
My first was long, second was superfast like yours, third was long. I did a non-scientific poll of a group of friends - it was about half and half in terms of third birth being same/shorter vs longer than second.
I agree with wildcard.
Carrie, wife to J, sahm to E, N, and A, followed by a bunch of crunchy labels and acronyms
I posted a similar question a few weeks ago on a different board and you got more responses :). I'm curious about this too - my first was 17 hrs ending in c/s, my VBAC was 2 hours. I'm wondering what this one will be like! I wouldn't mind slightly longer, it was a little too fast.