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How long were you in labour for????

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nik76 Thu 24-Jul-08 08:28:27

I woke at 3:40am and had DD at 11:20am same day. I was 9cms when I got to hospital and had told DH I didn't need to go yet - this was due to being told by mw after mw that it takes hours and hours. I really believe that if DH had listened to me I would ahve had her at home!

How long was your labour? and do you feel that MWs give a wrong expectation?

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gem1981 Thu 24-Jul-08 08:37:22

my labour was 16 hours -it started with my waters going at midnight and the contractions started strong straight away.

went to hospital cos i was scared and when i got there i was 3 cm.

i was in a lot of pain telling them i couldn't cope etc and the MW told me before she examined me that she thought i was in transition due to what i was saying/how i was acting. she gave me false hope really because when i realised i was only 3/4 cm i was gutted and demanded an epidural.

nik76 Thu 24-Jul-08 09:02:42

I was abit gutted that I was too late for one.

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StellaWasADiver Thu 24-Jul-08 09:04:01

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SoupKitchen Thu 24-Jul-08 09:05:38

DD - 30 hours from first contraction, 48 hours from waters breaking.
DS- elective cs but was having regular contractions although mild ones for about 5 days prior to that

I'm definately a slow labourer

theboob Thu 24-Jul-08 09:07:13

13 hours ds1,1hr 30mins dd,4 hours ds2,
i found labour without epidural quicker i was induced with ds2,mw put gloves on and said your about to deliver this baby,contractions were very close together,but when she examined me i was not even 1cm,i freaked out,but after doc opened cervix and broke waters ds2 was here within 30 mins

mankymummy Thu 24-Jul-08 09:07:35

about 3 hours but only 10 mins on the bed pushing. then about 6 hours later finally got retained placenta taken out! hmm

ChezzaB Thu 24-Jul-08 21:35:30

My waters broke at 6am, contractions started at 11am while I was still at hosp waiting for blood test results due to high BP doctor examined me and was already 4 cm DS arrived at 3.45 pm. Not bad I'm told for a first! Strangely I enjoyed it all as well!

DisenchantedPlusBump Thu 24-Jul-08 21:36:38

6 hours both times.

First was induction.

2nd homebirth

ChasingSquirrels Thu 24-Jul-08 21:38:05

ds1 - 2hrs
ds2 - 15mins

PortAndLemon Thu 24-Jul-08 21:38:19

First time, 40 hours followed by c-section. Second time, 5 hours 17 minutes from first contraction to baby.

paolosgirl Thu 24-Jul-08 21:38:35

12 hours for the first one, ending in a ventouse delivery at my (screamed) request on gas and air only. Lovely - not.
2nd one - 5 hours, start to finish, only felt painful toward the end.
3rd - 2.5 hrs - lovely!

thisisyesterday Thu 24-Jul-08 21:40:02

ds1: 18 hrs
ds2: 6 hrs

Nappyzoneneedsanewname Thu 24-Jul-08 21:40:22

dd - 19 hours of torture
ds - 4 and a half hrs of semi torture and mild amusement

TheMuppetMuggle Thu 24-Jul-08 21:41:18

10hrs from start to finish, i think would of been quicker if DD hadn't been born in her waters!

nancy75 Thu 24-Jul-08 21:41:18

labour was 3.5 hours from 1st twinge to holding dd, when i phoned hospital 1 hour in they told me not to bother even phoning back for a good few hours as 1st baby takes forever and i would be wasting their time. fortunately i can be a bit of a madam when needed so i went in anyway, dd was born 1.5 hours later. if i had listened to mw dd would have been born in the car park!

laura325630 Thu 24-Jul-08 21:41:49

2 hours for dd! Nice and quick but I was in shock for about an hour afterwards!!

granarybeck Thu 24-Jul-08 21:42:34


Dalrymps Thu 24-Jul-08 21:42:41

About 6 hrs from the 'real' contractions starting.

pickie Thu 24-Jul-08 21:44:43

DS 8.5 hours, easy labour
DD 8.5 hours, painful labour, neighbour 2 houses down could hear me scream at 3pm, she was born 3.04pm!

sweetkitty Thu 24-Jul-08 21:45:17

DD1 4h 20 mins (MWs were horrible told me I wasn't in established labour and was making too much noise, only when I started pushing did she come back from her break)

DD2 2h 30m (homebirth)

DD3 1h 35m (homebirth)

nobodysfool Thu 24-Jul-08 21:53:42

36 hours from 1st contraction to holding ds.
Waters wouldnt break,they tried and it bent 3 of the instruments!!!Tyre inner tube!
Head got stuck on the way out-ouch-they tried forceps etc no luck.
Emergency c section and massive blood loss on operating table.
HHHMMMMM and i'm 14 weeks pg.So hoping for an easier labour and birth this time.

Niecie Thu 24-Jul-08 21:58:42

DS1 - 30 hours from waters breaking, 21 hours from the start of mild pain, 18 hours from the established contractions.

Went in 10 hours before DS born even though the MW said I probably wasn't in established labour but I was 4-5 cm when I got there. They reckoned that because I was having 2 contractions close together and then a space of 5 -7 mins that they were erratic and I wasn't in established labour.

DS2 - 4.75hrs start to finish. Phoned hospital at 2 hours and 3.75hr but both times the MW seemed to think I was in the early stages so not to come in - I said I would second time as it was getting painful but they were more concerned with whether I could feel my bump contracting - which I couldn't. The pain was a lot lower down and but coming with the regularity of contractions. In the end my waters broke before I left the house and DH had to call an ambulance. DS was born at home.

In both cases the MW seemed to think it would take a lot longer than it did.

shelleylou Thu 24-Jul-08 22:02:34

5 hours 52 minutes start to finish. I phoned the hospital and they told me i had ages to go as my waters hadn't broken. Went to hospital an hour or so later to find out i was 8cm dialated. MW had to break my waters in the end lol

pinkspottywellies Thu 24-Jul-08 22:04:38

First ache 11 pm, dd born 6.04 am.

Labour time was recorded as 2hr 38 mins, I think that's from when dh phoned the hosp to say we were coming in.

When I got to the hospital it was only an hour before dd was born and the midwife looked at me from several feet away and said she could see dd's head shock

My labour was nothing like they tell you. I didn't feel contractions like they are usually described. It just hurt. I had the TENS machine on and realised I had pressed the boost button several times in half an hour, but certainly wasn't aware of pain rising and peaking and going again!

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