Originally Posted by crazy cat lady
An average natural labour will last about 8 hours. Obviously there are those that will be shorter and those that are longer. And this is working from the definition of active labour having commenced as soon as the cervix is 1cm dilated
. 30 hour labours do not 'exist' here in Ireland as 'pre-labour' is not considered labour. It doesn't matter how much pain you are in or for how long, they are not considered labour pains until that pesky cervix starts to dilate. Who would have guessed that obstetrics is a male dominated discipline
With my first i was in the clinic and my bp was very high so they sent me to limerick i went home picked up my bag and was driven in by my father in law.
My contractions started on the way in every 5 mins, when i got there i was 1cm dilated and that was the start, it was between 1pm and 3pm that i arrived at the hospital on the Wednesday (no later than 3). 5 mins contractions all through the day and night had no sleep at all.
I was sent to the labour ward at 9am on thursday morning, i was 4cm dilated (already done 18hours -20 hours of 5 min's contractions and walked the corridors all night)
At 4pm on the Thursday i was only 5cm dilated so they put me on a drip and broke my waters to speed up things, i got contraction upon contraction one was half way through when the other started, i refused the epidural all along but at that point i agreed approx 5pm (i was in tears over it as i really didn't want it, but was in so much pain i needed it) also i was vomiting (thanks to my ever continuing morning sickness).
I started pushing at around 8pm and she arrived at 8.51 pm to me that is a 30hour+ labour as i was already dilated when i arrived at the hospital. (i spent just under 12 hours in the labour ward)
As far as im am aware anglefire9 was 2cm dilated but contractions were far apart.
Thankfully my 2nd was premature and that was quick my waters broke while i was asleep ( 2am), my bp spiked and contractions were 20 mins apart they were down to 5 mins apart at 5am so off to the hospital and i was 4m when i got there and contractions 2 mins apart, the contractions stayed at 2 mins apart so when it came to push him out i had to wait for the contractions so he arrived after 5 pushes (but that was still 20 mins) at 10.15 am he was born (8 hours of labour). i had the epidural at 9 and it never kicked in so i felt everything.
3rd guy i woke at 3am with contractions every 20 mins left for the hospital at 5am bp spiked again, had the epidural at 8 and it kicked in just before i started to push, he was born at 9.20am, they didnt want to give me the epidural because they thought it wasnt going to kick in on time and the guy who administers it was going home. But he stayed around just for me. (labour just over 6 hours)