Childbirth Is Taking Longer

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Childbirth Is Taking Longer
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 11:47am

Women spend much more time in labor than they did 50 years ago, a new study has found, and one reason may be that obstetric practices have changed.

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Registered: 03-12-2007
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 11:50am
With my first was in labor 22 hours. With my second I was in labor 12 hours. I thought 12 felt quick!

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Registered: 04-03-2007
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 12:27pm
First labor was 20 hrs, second one was 4 hrs.
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Registered: 11-07-2011
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:08pm

With my daughter I was in labor for 8.5 hours. I was very happy since I was told to plan on at least 12 hrs for a first baby. Wonder how long labor will be with this little one.

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:29pm
My 1st was 4-5 hours

My 2nd was 24+ hours

My 3rd was 15 hours

My 4th and 5th labours were about 4 hours

I wonder if maybe people are including their early labour in the total? I know I have had sporadic early labour for days but I don't consider my labour starting until I have regular painful contractions at least 5 minutes apart

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 4:27pm
I was also wondering if these were all hospital births or if the ones from the 50's and 60's were homebirths. I found my labour during my homebirth was the shortest probably because I was more relaxed in a familiar environment.

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Registered: 02-07-2007
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 12:07am
first 7 hours, induced, second 5 hours naturally, 3rd, less than 3 hours induced.

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Registered: 08-20-2004
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 3:50am

That isnt true for my country, since the stopped the lay on your back only birth and let women walk around, shower, bathe and do

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Registered: 03-12-2007
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 9:20am
At my hospital they don't require you to lay down for the birth either.I actually tried squatting and such with my first, but it didn't work. I thought it was pretty cool that I could try it though.

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Registered: 03-12-2007
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 9:22am
That is a good question about early labor being included in the timing. If I were to go on the assumption that not until I was having regular, painful contractions was I in labor with my 2nd I could adjust the timing down to 10 minutes. I felt nothing painful at all until push time (part of why I'm scared of knowing when to go in for delivery this go around).

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Registered: 08-20-2004
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 9:27am

Squatting is better

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