Post # 1
A new study came out saying that the average length of labor had increased since the 1950s from 4 hours to 6.5 hours on average.
My mom was in labor for like 13 hours! I hear horror stories all the time about 24+ hour labors.
For those of you who have given birth, how long was your labor? I set the poll so you can vote for multiple choices if you have had multiple deliveries.
Post # 3
I haven’t (and therefore didn’t vote) but oh jeez. Things like this make me rethink children. My mom was in labor with me for almost 20 hours…but by my second brother (baby number 3) she was literally in labor for like 30 minutes?
Post # 4
Not very long. I had to be induced with both of our girls. From the time I was in active labour to the time I delivered was less than two hours. I pushed for an hour with the first and about 15 with the second!
ETA: There is a difference between labour and active labour. Active labour are contractions that dialate your cervix. Labour is just contractions!
Post # 5
I was in labour for 18 hours, then the doctor decided he was stuck, so emergency cesearian! So why did wait 18 bloody hours? LOL
Post # 6
With both of my children I was in labor 14 hours with no epidural or pain meds…I would defenitely take those 6.5 hours
Post # 7
I was wondering about that, too. Active labor vs. labor.
Maybe we just hear the horror stories, I am kind of hoping this is really the case! But of course, I want to know the median labor length, not just the average!
Post # 8
Every book, study, and class we have read/taken says that the average first time Mom labors for 14-17 hours. So I wonder what part of labor the 6 hours is referring to.
Post # 9
I was in labor FOREVER with DS…. BUT most of that was NOT active labor! Infact if I would’ve gone & rested when my “timeable” contractions started then they probably would’ve stopped & started back up off/on for a day or so. Instead I did EVERYTHING I could to keep them going. =/
Looking at the article though it does make alot of sense with the chnages in modern medicine. Epi’s do prolong the active labor stage & if given too early even prolong the early labor stage. And you would think that pitocin would speed up labor but alot of times it doesn’t since it doesn’t actually do anything for dilation, just contracting, which is why there’s such a high rate of “failed inductions”……. Kinda like me walking and walking and walking to keep my contractions going but still not making much progress. =/
Idk, it seems that alot of the birth stories I read in Ina May’s book from the 70’s seemed to go alot like the natural birth stories I hear now… so many it’s not “really” different, just different in the hospitals?
Post # 10
With DS (first and only child), I was in labor for about 6hrs. Contractions started getting painful around 9am, found out I was 4cm, went to the hospital, and had DS around 3pm. Only pushed for 25 min! The labor part wasn’t bad; tack on a poll about how long was your recovery period and then you’ll scare people.
Post # 11
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6 hours would be a dream. I was in labor for 32 hours. It’s one of the many reasons why DS is an only child.
Post # 12
31 hours here for Dirty Delete. Let’s hope this baby is 6.5 that would be amazing!!!
I was induced, so my labor started coming hard and strong pretty much immediately. I will be doing everything in my power to not be induced this time, but my body doesn’t seem to just go into labor.
Post # 13
@inspiredcreations: Lol, I don’t want to scare anyone! No poll here for recovery.
Thanks ladies, this is so interesting, and a lot of you bring up some very good points re why the numbers may be so different. I was dissapointed pitocin didn’t even recieve a mention in the many articles that have popped up around this study.
Post # 14
I was in active labor for 18 freaking hours! I was induced and it was painful! I also pushed for 3 hours. This time around I am going with hypnobirthing and I’m hoping to avoid being induced if possible.
Post # 15
God I hope you’re right….6.5h sounds awesome. My mom always had quick labors but then again she only started counting when she got to the hospital….she labored A LOT at home.
Post # 16
I was in labour just about 4 hours with my first and only child. I woke up a bit after midnight feeling kind of funny, called my mum (a nurse) at work to ask if she thought I was in labour and if I might have time for a shower, woke my dad up and got the hospital maybe about 1:30 am. I remember the nurse who admitted me saying “Oh, honey, the first baby… You’ll be here hours and hours” as she got me up on the bed to examine me. A minute later she said “Well I was wrong, you’re fully dilated. Let’s go!” The only thing that took long was that my daughter got stuck for awhile – the doctor said otherwise she’d have been out much quicker.
My mum had very short labours for both me and my brother – my dad nearly missed me being born as he was parking the car. Her mum also had short and quick labours with all six of her kids, and the aunts and cousins I’m aware of also had short labours. Really makes me wonder if there’s some kind of odd genetic part of it. I can certainly hope because I definitely want another short labour next time around!