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but HOW different were yours? How did the length of your labor compare between births? How did the length of your pushing time? Specifically, how different were they for hospital/mw attended/UC?<br><br>
My first birth was an "as natural as possible", OB attended hospital birth. The OB was the husband of a CNM and he was as respectful of my birth plan as anyone workign for a hospital could be. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I labored for about 14 hours and pushed for somewhere around 22 minutes.<br><br>
I have no doubt that my labor was prolonged by being made to get out of my wonderful, comfy spot in the jacuzzi to be monitored & checked... I expect this labor to be shorter (but hey, maybe it won't be). I'm also trying to anticipate the possibility that maybe with this one I'll push for an hour or two!<br><br>
So anyway, all births are different. But HOW different were YOURS?
 

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My labours where a lot alike. Both at home and less then an hour.<br>
I would actually like to take a bit more time with this one but . . .<br>
Well we'll know at the end of Jun.<br>
I wonder if faster hurts more.<br>
But mine were only "painful" for a few minutes at transition.<br><br>
Ohhh I am so excited to birth again.<br>
I am prepared for an unassisted birth because #2 was born in such a hurry.
 

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Hmm, well, I had a very long active labor preceded by lot's and lot's of prodomonal labor. Second time I thought I would get a fast one since "every birth is different", but nope, lot's and lot's of labor and finally went in for some pit. So I'm not counting on different. I'm counting on the same - lot's and lot's of labor, and if it's short, well, then awesome!
 

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you know, they were surprisingly similar, given my first was induced prematurely! first was 9ish hours, second 8ish. first pushing 30-45 minutes (twins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) second pushing was around 20 minutes.<br><br>
now, first gave birth at 34 1/2 weeks, second 42+ weeks.. that was a bit different. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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first birth was a high risk OBGYN attended hosptial birth 9lb baby boy. It was 20some hours and painless. Pushing was awesome and lasted 2-3hours?<br><br>
second was a OBGYN hospital birth--4-6hrs, upright for pushing but very very very painful 8lb 9oz baby girl<br><br>
third was a slow and steady homebirth, also a 9lb boy (but a much bigger 9lbs he was inches larger in head, shoulders and chest then my first) labored in water off and on for 2-3 days. pushed for over 6 hours. Midwife attended, not assisted<br><br>
fourth was a uc/up of a 7lb boy (we figured he was up to 3 weeks early) it was about 40mins long and extremely intense. I don't think I pushed at all. Maybe 1 half push?<br><br>
Fifth was another homebirth with a mw attending. labor was short and sweet and sweaty (2-4hrs). I pushed longer because of an off-center head maybe 5 minutes (I counted 7 pushes) but it felt like 500years I just couldn't aleviate the pressure and "held up" feeling.<br><br>
I hope this helps you some, but honestly don't think it matters. Interesting questions.
 

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I doubt it matters at all, just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Boy, this is a fun question!<br><br>
#1 was induced at 39 weeks for OBs convenience. I labored in intense pain for 12.5 hours and then pushed for 2.5 before my forehead presenting posterior baby was finally born vaginally with the aid of a very large episiotomy. Pit, AROM at 1 and 50%, Stadol, botched epidural which turned into a spinal, dropped BP and intense vomiting of stomach bile, meds to stabilize BP, NPO and IV (obviously), fever, and nearly a broken collar bone from 'shoulder dystocia'. Fantastic nurse helped get me up and squatting (was completely numb from the legs down...she ROCKED) to push. He was pretty stuck though, and I was very, very close to a c-section. I heard my OB say I had about 15 more minutes to get it done. Baby and I were both not looking well. 8 pounds 9 ounces 15.5 inch head. I gave up breastfeeding at 5 days old due to lack of education and extreme nipple pain (think pushing shards of glass up nipples every single time he nursed....which was every 45 minutes).<br><br>
#2 was induced at 37 weeks due to "avoiding" the "shoulder dystocia" of baby #1. Pit for 7 hours with very little in the way of contractions or progress, AROM at 4cm, immediate intense active labor, transition epidural, pushed flat on back with oxygen for decels 4 times and she shot out so fast that OB almost dropped her. She was 7.4 with a head 2 inches smaller. I did not breastfeed her and suffered intense PPD.<br><br>
#3 was MW attended home water birth. Woke up in active labor at 5am but was convinced it was too mild to be "the real thing". MW arrived at 7:30 and asked if I would like to be checked. I did. Was 8 and 100% with bulging bag (bag broke when I gave a good push). Pushed baby out after 15 minutes of pretty intense pushing (body led, not coached). No interventions of any kind. Delayed cord cutting, breastfeeding immediately, and perfect in every way. 9 pounds even with 14.5 inch head. We nursed for 16 months until I lost my milk due to pregnancy and he weaned himself.<br><br>
#4 was a UC. Woke up at 7am with good contractions. Labored all day. Contractions spaced out a bit and fell asleep for about 2 hours. Woke again at 4 with contractions, went through transition until about 7 when they up and stopped. Went upstairs and screamed at bedroom. Slept. Woke again and water broke at 10. Contractions started again and got more intense progressively. Felt pushy at about 1-ish in the pm. Pushed (kinda) for 2 hours. Called to transport at about 3:40 due to a conviction that baby was no longer ok. At 3:50 went running, screaming, into the bathroom where I delivered baby in half squat in front of toilet. Did not push, babe FLEW out. 33 hours of total labor, about 2 seconds of pushing for shoulders. 8 pounds 9 ounces and 13.5 inch head. Interesting point....her placenta was extremely abnormal and her cord was about as big as my index finger. Breastfeeding is going very well. She is 4.5 months old and already 16 pounds!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I thought I knew what birth was. I didn't. I thought after having three very different births, nothing could surprise me. I was wroooong!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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#1 ~ 26 hours, easy painless 5 min apart contractions for the first 3/4 of it. Pushed off and on for hours. Don't know how many since I didn't really know that's what I was doing until the next time I gave birth. No turtling of head after baby crowned, once the head was out, baby's body immediately followed. Placenta came out immediately after the baby. HEAVY bleeding. Soaking through pads, clothes, towels, again, didn't really know it was a lot until my next birth.<br><br>
#2 ~ 2 hours. Labor started with ROM, meconium, immediate STRONG contractions. Baby born 2 hours later covered in meconium. Once the head was born, no more contractions, so it took a lot of work to get his body out. Much less blood, placenta took about 20 minutes.<br><br>
#3 ~ 2-3 hours. Labor started with strong contractions, water broke. Much like my second labor though a bit more space in between contractions so it was easier. A handful of pushes, again, had to push her whole body out. next to no blood afterwards.<br><br>
All 3 were up/uc.
 

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#1--VERY strange labor. Attempted UC. About 4 days when all said and done of contractions that never got any closer together than 7-8 minutes, even during transition/pushing, but pain-wise manageable. SLOOWWW progress (had major emotional issues I think held things up). Transition was a breeze (relatively speaking) and then got freaked out after stalling out several hours at 10cm and went to hospital. They broke water and immediately they told me to push. Lithotomy. Major episiotomy and tear. No drugs. Bleah....<br><br>
#2. UC. Very textbook; contractions increased in intensity and length over a period of about 14 hours or so. Much more intense pain-wise than #1. Stalled out again at 10 cm for several hours, but painful this time. DH broke water after 2-3 hours of nothing and major pain. Immediate urge to push. Baby born within 15 minutes of first pushing contraction.<br><br>
Any pain I felt with contractions was immediately relieved in both births after my water was broken. Pushing was very pleasurable in both cases and in #1 I had an orgasmic birth (yes, even with all those doctors, me freaking out....everything!) but not with my UC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Oh well....gives me something to shoot for next time!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Baby 1 -(planned homebirth) Pretty textbook, 12 hours of good labour to full dilation, then beginnings of a pushing urge, mw told me to resist the urge <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: and I did such a good job it went away (musta flooded my body with adrenaline) so in second stage and pushing with weak contractions for about 11 hours non stop, baby's head on show, but not budging, transfer to hospy, and around an hour later baby pops out with the help of a saline and syntocin drip.<br><br>
Baby 2 -(homebirth) Fast labour this time, 2 hours of active labour to full dilation, and immediately an unstoppable pushing urge. I go with it, and baby is out 2 hours later.
 

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1st birth - in a hospital. Used the birthing suite. Told I was "in labor" earlier in the day at my appointment, but coulda fooled me. Went home. Much later, after no contractions... water broke and DD born 4.5 hours later after 25 min of pushing in a squatting position. (40w5d)<br><br>
2 birth - homebirth w/midwife. Once again had no idea I was in labor until I got home from grocery shopping and laid down for a nap. 3.5 hour later with only 10 min of pushing in a squatting position. (41w)<br><br>
IMO, that's fast, neither time I knew I was in labor until quite far into it. OB totally believed me the baby came too fast after #2 (never told him about the midwife).<br><br>
UC plans this time... hope I have a similar experience again. Well, other than 2 coming out this time instead of one!
 

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#1 First contractionat 3:00 p.m. Labored at home until 8:30, went to f/s birth center for a check - was already 7 cm. Had dd 2 hours later. Pushing was maybe 20 min or so? So 7.5 hrs total, at 39-4 wks<br><br>
#2 First contraction at 1:30 p.m. At 3:00 baby was crowning, midwife not there yet (hb)...so I did some breathing for about 15 min until she showed, and baby was born at 3:30. 2 hours total. Could have been faster if I hadn't "waited" on the mw! Born at 40 wks even.<br><br>
#3 Coming soon - 38 weeks today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Can't wait to see how it goes - another fast one? Finally one of those long, drawn-out labors? My curiosity is driving me nuts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:
 

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My births were all quite similar. My first two were midwife-attended homebirths and the last was a UC. They were respectively<br><br>
3 hrs labor, few minutes pushing<br>
1.5 hrs labor, few minutes pushing<br>
2 hrs labor, few minutes pushing<br><br>
My pregnancies were all different and my first birth was quite a bit more traumatic to my body in terms of pain and bruising but I didn't tear with any of them and there were never any complications.<br><br>
Laura
 
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