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Old 12-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #11
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Re: Length of labor and baby's position question?

Oh it definitely makes a difference.

1st was posterior 5.5 hours of labor. I still can't believe it was that fast for a 1st baby AND posterior.

2nd was positioned perfectly 4.5 hours of labor, out in 2 pushes, I would actually describe his labor as easy.

3rd was posterior again and I just would not progress past 8cm for HOURS 17.5 hours of labor, she finally turned and was out in 3 pushes. If she had been properly positioned from the beginning I bet it would have been a super fast labor.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #12
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Re: Length of labor and baby's position question?

All of my full term babies were OP ("sunny-side up") - except DS2 who was breech and a csec, so that doesn't count.

DD - spontaneous ROM, 19.5 hours labor, pushed for 3 hours.
DS1 - pit induction, 9 hours labor, pushed for 1 hour.
DS3 - spontaneous labor, 7 hours, pushed for 20 minutes.

I'd love to see if having a correctly positioned baby makes a difference in length of labor or intensity, but I'm not holding my breath for it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:34 PM   #13
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I think that labor with a well positioned baby baby should Rarely last longer than 24 hours, but posterior labors often take a while. Also, stay mobile! It can make a huge difference with a baby that need s to turn.
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