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#31 of 34 Old 04-17-2006, 03:24 PM
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I kinda like this theory. My first was prob. around 24-30 hrs from beginning to end. The thought of 6-8 is nice. I just hope I take the contractions seriously and not put it off to long. A car birth just doesn't hold much appeal.
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I sure hope this is true!

#1 - induced 40 hours of labor ending in c-section
#2 - natural VBAC with 30 hours of labor (first contraction to delivery)
#3 - we'll see in about a month! 12 hours would be a DREAM labor for me !

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I am almost floored that any midwife would tell you that! every labor, birth, baby are different. There is no way to know. I general 2nd labors are shorter than first because your body already knows how to respond to labor, but positioning and sometimes size can make a difference too.

My first was about 10 hours,
2nd was about 5 hours,
3rd was about 16 hours

Those are active labor times meaning, not counting early labor, this is at least 4cm and a good prodictive labor pattern. most labors that you hear of being days are including all that early labor time that can take forever but is not strong or very productive, even if it is a regular pattern.

Good luck on your 2nd one!

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Originally Posted by mamato3cherubs
I am almost floored that any midwife would tell you that! every labor, birth, baby are different.
That's what I figured, so I just nodded and smiled! I'm seeing a practice of midwives, so I may or may not have her for the birth.

What I WAS floored at though was that she recommended that I read a book on raising boys by James Dobson! Gah! I told her I didn't believe in corporal punishment so I'd be skipping that one...couldn't keep my mouth shut there!

Keeping busy with 2 boys & 1 girl ('04, '06, '08)
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