I had my first baby in 4 hours. That includes pre-labor, however you want to define pre-labor. I woke up at 5:30am with mild contractions and had my sweet daughter at 9:42am. 20 months later, her brother was born after 2 hours of labor.
It’s a good thing that my goal was to have a natural/unmedicated birth, because in both instances, I showed up at the hospital too late for an epidural anyway…
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P.S. Lest I you think I’m patting myself on the back for popping out babies with great speed, I say “I am good at giving birth” with tongue decidedly in cheek. Though I do sometimes hear a bit of pride in my husband’s voice as he describes my deliveries. Oh, Hubs.