Parenting Questions Answered - Labor

I know many of my readers are pregnant. Some of you already have children, and some of you haven't. I don't know about you, but I always like hearing birth stories. I am amazed by those women who are in labor for 20 some odd hours...or more!



They started the pitocin at about 8am with Evan and they finally broke my water sometime after 12. He was born about 3 hours later. So all together, it was about 7 hours.

They started pitocin sometime after 8 with Isabella and the doctor broke my water around 9. Isabella was born about 1 1/2 hours later so I was in labor less than 3 hours with her.

I was already 5 cm with BOTH kids before I was induced..so I was halfway there. I was having contractions and SLOWLY progressing for the whole last month of both of my pregnancies.

I'm a little worried about having another one. I'm scared I'll have it on my way to the hospital if my water were to break on its own! :)

So I'm curious, How long where you in labor?

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40 comments:

whocg23 said...

I had about a week of false labor with trips to the hospital and my doc in there. But I was in real honest labor for 2 hours and that was with my first child.
I didn't even have a chance to get an IV in the hospital as i showed up ready tp push. not quite 45 min. later and LJ was born.
my doc half joked about induction a week early with the next one. I live about 30 min from the hospital I chose to deliver at.

Carly said...

My 1st son my water broke on its own at 7:30 a.m. on Oct 10 . I had him on Oct 11 at 4:33 A.M. I went into labor with my 2nd son 4 weeks early in the morning. They tried a entire day to stop the contractions he was born the next day too:)

Tara said...

Forever! Started Pitocin at 3pm on Tuesday, didn't have him til 10pm Wednesday! 31 hours!

A Little McD said...

Ohhhh girl! I was induced with both of mine. 25 hours then pushing for an hour and a half with my first, then with my second it was 12 hours, then they stopped my labor (the baby's heart rate was dropping with each contraction) and I had a c-section. If we have any more I'm seriously considering the adoption route. Labor and I are not friends!!

Tim and Richelle said...

My labors have been a bit wild - 1-3 got progressively shorter: 14 hours to 4 or so with #3. Then baby 4 was 5 days. Babies #5-7 again came more quickly - 8 hours, 3 hours, 1.5 hours. Our last baby decided to take her time and labor lasted around 24 hours.

The one thing I learned was that each labor and delivery was unique and that I could never be sure what to expect...

Jennifer Leigh said...

Don't hate me but my FULL labor was less then 3 hours with Johnny. 10 mins of pushing. He came a month early.

Gavin was a scheduled C section b/c he was breech and after multiple attempts we couldn't flip him.

Gavin's Csection was at 36 weeks b/c they were concerned with Johnny's fast delivery that if I went into labor on my own we wouldn't make it to a hospital in time andsomething seriously bad could happen. They say you go earlier and faster with each.

Michelle said...

I also had a relatively easy labor. 12 hours total, 9 at the hospital, only 3 hours of which were miserable and very intense contractions, 45 minutes of pushing and B entered the world.

With my next I want to labor at home much longer but I know 2nd babies are often much faster which is a bit scary.

MommyNamedApril said...

i was in labor 24 and 18 hours with my first two and both ended in emergency c-sections!

Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) said...

From beginning of contractions until my son was born (naturally in a birthing tub)- 6.25 hours.

stinabella said...

My first I was in labor maybe 6 hours... They broke my water at 6 pm, epidural shortly after, (I think I felt 1 contraction). She was born after 15 minutes of pushing at 11:54 pm the same day. I was extremely lucky with it being my first, I've heard horror stories! And they say it only gets easier with each baby after? I am not sure mine could get any easier...

Then had my twins via C-section.. Boy did they make up for the lack of contractions with my first. I thought I was in hell... It was 11 pm and the "on-call" anesthesiologist was 30 minutes away... Really? I have to go through these dreaded contractions to have a C-section? At 1:30 and 1:31 AM my twins were born.

dannyscotland said...

First they tried to induce me and I was in the hospital for about 12+ hours until the doctor said it wasn't working and he didn't feel it would be necessary to continue since both baby and I were very healthy. Then my actual labor started about 5 days later, on Christmas Day at 10pm. I went from 5-6 minutes apart and a slight discomfort to 2 minutes apart and some actual pain within about an hour. However, I was not dilated more than 1/2cm when I got to the hospital, so the triage nurse had me walk. I was hurting a lot, but when I was done walking for that first hour, still no progression. I love my doctor forever because he told them to admit me anyway. My daughter was finally born December 26th at exactly 10pm. So that would be 24 hours of labor. Even better, I couldn't sleep because it hurt, so I was awake for about 36 hours and didn't eat for 24. And it hurt that whole time, til I got my dear, sweet friend, the epidural!

midwest mama said...

Each one was different.

First was an induction that after 12 or so hours ended in a c-section due to fetal distress.

With the other 3 I had strong but irregular contractions for DAYS before I was in full labor.

Second was a successful VBAC after about 15 hours. My water broke early on, but discovered later I had not 1, but 2! forebags! Came fairly quickly after that.

Third-my water broke 3 weeks and 2 days before his due date. He was born almost exactly 24 hours later. Yes, the forebags, again.

Fourth came a week before her due date. I started having very strong contractions on #1's birthday, but nothing regular. The next morning, we went for a walk (my contractions were about 13 minutes apart). After walking a few blocks, they were...gulp...3 minutes apart and the most painful contractions I've ever had. The hospital was 45 minutes away. But, we did make it. Even after getting stopped by a state trooper. Once I got to the hospital, things slowed down a little and she was born within a few hours.

The Cohen's said...

With my son it was 5 hours, start to finish. It was super fast. With my daughter (second baby) it was 16 hours. I went in with irregular contractions but was already dialated to a 4, so they kept me. Had to break my water 12 hours later, and then she was born three hours after that. It was a LONG and hard labor. But... both were completely worth it. My goal was to get through it without drugs like I did the first time, and I succeeded. I think it's a matter of letting your body do its thing, and knowing that as soon as your baby is born, you realize that the pain is GONE and you have this amazing little piece of heaven in your arms. :)

laura said...

I went into the hospital to be induced a few days before my due date. The first thing they did was strap a monitor around my belly- and I was already having contractions. After 24 hours of contractions, being confined to a bed, pushing, dangerously high blood pressure, and every drug available.. I had a c-section.
After my daughter and I spent another 5 days in the hospital we both went home perfectly fine.

Stacie's Madness said...

17 hrs with first.
about 6hrs with second.

both times my water broke, only dialated to 2cm and about 50% effaced.

I never contracted enough on my own..therefore I was blessed (ha) with having to use pitocin.

ah, *sigh* good times.

debbiekl said...

My water broke and then the contractions started. 25 hours from water breaking... it was a looong day! I'm hoping to improve my time the next time around!

S Club Mama said...

Contractions with Tristan started at 7:30am. We went in at 10:30, water broke 11, epidural around 12? (it got turned off), pushed around 1, he was born at 3ish. Felt like I was going to die! 9lbs 8oz is a big baby. I had a 4th degree tear and a small fistula.
Induced with Isaac the night before. Pitocin at 5am, contractions around 7am?, epidural somewhere in here (it also got turned off), started pushing around 10:30?, he was born 11:47 (just in time for lunch). No tearing, no stitches, no feeling like I was going to die.

C's Mommy said...

I had a great and easy pregnancy and labor too, really. My contractions started at 6pm, lasting 1 minute coming every 3-4 minutes! We left for the hospital at 6:30, got there at 7 and our son was born at 10:05pm... after only 20 minutes of pushing. Total labor = 4 hours!

Mom vs. the boys said...

my first was 2 hours from water breaking to arrival.
My second was 45 minutes!! from water breaking to arrival (we had him at home by ourselves, no time to get anywhere or help to come!)
My third was 7 hours from water breaking to arriva, but 30 minutes from the first contraction to arrival.

NHmommy said...

the first...forever, like 13 hours of something but I got the epidural hence pitocin hence stalling..blah blah.
the second..not long. woke at 3am-ish, water broke at 6:40am, checked in @ hospital at 7:30 or so, born at 9:17, drug free!!!!!!! go me.

Stam House said...

For our first my water broke and 4 hours later she was there!!!

Our second again my water broke and took 2 hours before she was born,

I'm now almost 36 weeks and 3cm and 65% efface and stare if my water brake that I won't make to the hospital LOL (we live 45 minutes from our hospital)

Jenn said...

With my first, it was 36 hours start to finish (7 1/2lbs)and with my second it was only 7 (9 1/2lbs)! I hope to be able to have another this coming year :)

I had both at home with the help of my husband and a really awesome midwife!!!

Jill W said...

My dr. told me I would be late - I was barely dilated 2 days before she was born. my water broke at 8am-very very light contractions. we thought we had awhile, haha. By 9 am contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. LUCKILY we live 5 minutes from the hospital. Arrived at 9:30, they checked me in, I was 7 cm. 6 pushes, at 10:30, she was born. I wanted drugs-no time for drugs. In retrospect, I was very lucky that it was so fast. The dr. told me it would be faster next time. Don't know how it could be much faster.

I was just so shocked. No one told me it could be like that-so fast. Now I know!

Rebecca W said...

My contractions started at 3:30am on Nov. 22, 2008 (3 weeks early) I went to the hospital at 5:30am, I was 4cm dilated. At 6:30ish the doctor tried to send me home because it was my first time in labor. I begged the doctor to let me stay for a few hours. He agreed but said if I didn't progress enough in 2 hours I had to go home because they needed the bed I was in for women that really were in labor. He came back at 8:15am I was 9cm and the doctor broke my water. I had my daughter at 8:56am. The doctor was shocked, nothing in the room was ready for the baby to be born. The bed wasn't taken apart or anything. The first thing I said to the doctor after I had her is "and you tried to send me home." lol

Barely Domestic Mama said...

I had no labor. I have no idea what even false contractions feel like. C-section on my exact due date for me, but I am oh so curious about birth stories since I'd like to try the natural route with the next one (that we are working on).

Ricarda said...

27 LONG HOURS. Water broke then my labor started -- I pushed for 3 hours non-stop with NO LUCK. My daughter's head got stuck in the birth canal then her head started to swell up a bit more because of the length of time she was stuck in the birth canal area -- then I was rushed to the OR.. put under for an emergency c-section. It was quite the ordeal and traumatic for me because I never got to see her until few hours later (I was put under so I missed the whole thing).
For my second time... my labor wasn't long (but this is because I went into labor earlier than the planned c-section date so they decided to do the c-section as soon I went into the Labor and Delivery unit.

Paula said...

It was about 24 hours with my first born. Completely natural birth -- no epidural, no episotomy, no suction, nothing. Extremely painful though. I was 7 cm by the time I got to the hospital and 4 hours later my 9 lb 7 oz baby boy was born.
12 years later I had my second child. 11 days late, induced with pitocin, had my waters broken, tried 3 times to get an epidural working correctly (it never did), 28 hours in labor. I had quit smoking before getting pregnant this time being older and much wiser which lead to a bigger baby at 11 lbs 5 oz born vaginally. It was almost the worst day of my life even though I finally got to meet my baby girl.
My third child was born much too soon at 20 weeks after having no heart beat. No labor, no delivery and no physical pain but this was definitely the worst day of my life. After another loss a year later, I am pregnant again. Hoping for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

alissa4illustration said...

I wish I would of went into labor. I was so ready to go into labor.

My soon to be 5 year old was breech. I had to have a CT scan to see if they got him turned if there was even room to have him come out. Two doctors tried to turn him from the outside, but I was low on fluid and he was a long baby. He'd turn 40% of the way, and pop back. Oh...that hurt! I had to have a c-section.

With my 2nd I opted to have a repeat c-section. I just didn't like even the low risk of him hitting the scar tissue from the previous c-section, and chancing him or I not making it.

Jodi said...

My second baby's labor story is always fun to share! :) I was past my due date ... I felt huge and miserable -- it was August! I woke up with a jolt one morning about 4am thinking "whoa was that a contraction" I went out to the kitchen careful to not wake DH or the sleeping toddler and walked around for a bit ... baby was turned sunny side up so it was all very strong intense back labor ... I woke DH and we called my MIL to come stay with the toddler ... she arrived at 5am and we passed her at the front door headed to the hospital in a hurry -- I could tell I was already in transition ... we walked out to the garage but before I could get in the truck ... I delivered a healthy 7.5 pound baby boy (5:15am is my guess lol) And you know the ironic part we already had an old family name picked out "carr" :) so yes, Adam Carr was born in the garage!!!!!! :) We wrapped him in a blanket and went back in the house called all the extended family and woke the big sister it was a wonderful "Birth Day"!!

Dawnette Thomas said...

Twelve days late with our first child, I labored for 57 1/2 hours before I hand an emergency C-section after pushing for 7 1/2 hours. Second child I only labored for 3 hours before our c-section. With the last three, no labor just planned c-sections.

Sallie said...

I was in labor for 21 months. :) My precious daughter is God's gift through adoption. I don't envy you ladies a bit for those hours of pain though.

Chris and Annalisa said...

I was in labor with my first last november for 35 hours! She was posterior so I was having back labor, and seriously thought I was dying by the time I got my epidural at 5cm. Thank heaven for modern medicine!

Cassidy said...

ughh... labor... terrifying coming up in October! :D (ps. I know you took a guess on my boy/girl thread. IT'S A BOY!)

With Caden, I was admitted at 7 pm wednesday in labor, wasn't progressing like they wanted me to so started Pit at 5 am Thursday and after 2 hours of pushing had him at 3:42 pm on Thursday :eek:

Nichol said...

With Gavyn I was in labor from the time I went in and they started pitocin until the time he arrived was 12 hours. Zoe was about 5 hours. She was so easy! No more kids for us though!

Shannon said...

Due to a emergency c-section with Tristan I didn't have any labor...well I had a little bit of back labor and the little I had was horrible..but otherwise they took him!.

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Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

Well....With TigerBoy.....long.....
He was almost 2 weeks late...32 hours, and then a C-section. He was face up and couldn't get out due to his position....
Hoping things go more smoothly this time!...lol....

Anonymous said...

1st: Induced, not much progression. Then my water broke and she was born 6 hours later. 24 hours total.

2nd: Natural, (the evening before my scheduled induction) 10 hours of contractions, water broke. She was born 2.5 hours and 3 pushes later.

3rd: Due this summer....worried water will break at home...mine are fast after that happens, and now I have 2 kids already eeek. Wish me luck!

Anonymous said...

I have three girls.

Labor began naturally with girl #1. I was approx. 2-3cm dilated for a couple of weeks beforehand. Pitocin began around 10:00 a.m., and she was born at 5:00 p.m. after I pushed for FOUR HOURS.

I was induced with girl #2 after being 4-5cm dilated for at least 2 weeks. She was exactly 2 weeks post-term. Induction began at 7:00 a.m. Epidural at 8:00. Born at 9:00 a.m. VERY easy labor with her. I think I pushed three times.

With girl #3 I had also been dilated 3-4 cm for a week or so. Contractions began early in the morning, but I didn't want to get to the hospital too early. At 2:00 p.m., I called my husband in from work and began to time the contractions. I wanted to say goodbye to my kindergarten-aged baby girl #1 before we left for the hospital, so we waited (husband in panic) until 3:45 p.m. to leave for the hospital. I was 9 cm when we arrived at 4:00 p.m. No time for an epidural (only the test dosage they give you before the "real thing"). Girl #3 was born at 4:30.

Sadia said...

I love hearing birth stories! Mine was a high-risk pregnancy and a complicated delivery. I was only in labour for 3 hours and 20 minutes.

I had twins, went into labour 7 weeks early, and they were both breech. There was no question that I needed an emergency C-section. That broke my heart; I really wanted a natural vaginal delivery, but it just wasn't going to happen. I was only at 4 cm when they delivered the girls, and only one water had broken.

The Graves Family (Monkey Tales) said...

My labor was 12 hours from start to finish with no drugs.....but my poor sister-in-law had a baby four days ago and she was in active labor for 50 HOURS!!!! OUCH!

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