fwiw, my fast labor was also the least painful. Even though I apparently dilated 7 cm in one hour (I had been checked the morning labor started and was at a 3), first stage was pretty much painless.
Labour #1: First contraction that I felt was at 7 am. At 8:30 am when we got to the hospital I was at about 7 cm. I went to 9 cm by 10, but then things stalled. I had my membranes stripped at 2 pm and fully dilated right away; at 2:15 she was pretty close to crowning. Then I pushed at that same spot for over 4 hours (you could see her and then you couldn't) and the rest was not good, but it was a vaginal delivery. That was pretty specific badness; I think in a normal delivery it would have been quicker.
Labour #2: I had Braxton Hicks-like contractions on and off all day. At about 6 pm they seemed regular, but I didn't feel in labour at all. We dawdled our way to the hospital just because the mini-squeezes were like a minute apart, and at 9 pm they set me up with a monitor that showed tiiiiny contractions. They decided to do an internal exam basically to give the intern a chance to try it and discovered I was at 7 cm. After we were settled in a room I had one killer contraction where I threw up and everything. Got to fully dilated and two contractions later my son was born. So as far as pain was concerned it was a 3-contraction labour.
I'm living in fear already of #3. One wonders if I'll know I'm in labour at all.
My mother had me (her first) in 4 hours start to finish, and with my sister she was admitted from a regular checkup to hospital because of bulging membranes, sat around the hospital for two days, and then they stripped her and she delivered in 18 minutes. So I'm thinking there's something genetic.
That's probably not that helpful but if it's data points you want, there are some for you.
My first was 5 hrs from water breaking to baby.
2nd was a pit induction(Dr fears) and that was 2 hrs from water broken to baby.(DS was ready I was just hoping to wait til my support team could be in place)
3rd was 50 minutes from water breaking to baby and I barely made it to the hospital around the corner from where I lived and gave birth wearing my own shirt in the triage bed!
4th was 20 minutes from water breaking to baby.He had been posterior for weeks and his was my first that I had the This is It contractions before the birth so the labor was actually 4o minutes from start to finish.
me, herding 5 critters a cat and a dog. DS 11/01, DS 10/04, DD 2/06, DS 5/07 and DD 9/10
With my second I had cx off and on all morning, but took DD to playgroup, went grocery shopping, etc. It wasn't until about 4pm that I realized I was in labor and called DH, he came home, and we made dinner, packed, played with the new camera, etc. all waiting for cx to get regular or start to hurt. By about 7pm I felt a sudden urge to get going, I literally was yelling at DH we had to go, but I still hadn't had a painful contraction and they were way irregular. My contractions totally stalled out in the car. I arrived at the hospital at about 8:30pm annoyed I had come in, and sure I was not in labor at all. After chatting with the midwife, she reassured me she thought I was at least a 6 and was probably very accurate in my desire to come in. She checked me a bit later, a little after 9pm, and I was a 9 with water bulging! I had two huge, painful, back to back contractions and then a strong urge to push. I pushed for about 15 minutes, and DS arrived! Less than an hour after we got to the hospital, about 5 hours from the time I realized these were real contractions, but with only TWO painful contractions! I really think that sudden urge to go was transition, and if we had waited, I would have had an accidental UC. I really thought I was in early labor!
We'll see what happens this time! My birth center is an hour away again. I wouldn't mind the painless contractions and dilation with no effort, but I don't want to UC, so I would like to make it to the birth center!
C.- WOHM, CPST Instructor, and all around busy Mama to A.- 02/04, I. 01/07,E. 09/10 and
expecting the surprise of our lives Fall 2012!
second: 3.5 hours from contraction to birth (though had show 12 hr before so I wasn't totally shocked)
Not sure if that is "speed birthing" though
1 hour second
3 and 4 were many hours lots of prodromal labor
so it is possible to have a longer or shorter labor this time round ,
and I wanted to make a comment about fast birth, there is no time to think about anything you just have to surrender to the process. Many of the women I know who have had fast births are not really happy about it
#2 - posterior, weird prodromal 30-60 min apart ctx for 24 hours and then a less than 2 hour active phase
#3 - 4 hours
#4 - again posterior, weird prodromal 30ish min apart ctx for 12 hours and then a 30 minute active phase
Another vote for 30-minutes-is-too-short from me.
Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.
1st baby: 24 hours
2nd: 7 hours
3rd: 90 mins
4th: 2.5 hours
5th: 5 hours
North Idaho rural living mama to: 22 yo DD, 15 yo DS, 8 yo DS, 6 yo DS, 4 yr old DS, 2 yo DD, and 1 yo DS. And someone new coming this Christmas!
DD2 at 40w 3d and was 25 minutes start to finish. I kid you not, no pain and no pushing. She just sort of fell out while I was standing. The midwives had no chance in making it so my husband and I caught her!
Beautiful births and I love to share the stories!