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How long does labor take?

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First-time moms are usually in labor for about 12 to 18 hours, on average. If you've had a baby before, labor usually goes more quickly, usually about half that amount of time. Childbirth is a unique experience for every woman, every time. Sometimes, the baby comes really fast. Other times, well, not so fast. How quickly your baby arrives depends on many things.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition web site: "Labor: Normal Labor and Delivery."

Rakel, R.E., ed. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2011.

Ratcliffe, S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., Sakornbut, E.L., eds. Family Medicine Obstetrics, 3rd ed., Elsevier Mosby, 2008.

World Health Organization web site: "Amniotomy for Shortening Spontaneous Labour."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition web site: "Labor: Normal Labor and Delivery."

Rakel, R.E., ed. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2011.

Ratcliffe, S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., Sakornbut, E.L., eds. Family Medicine Obstetrics, 3rd ed., Elsevier Mosby, 2008.

World Health Organization web site: "Amniotomy for Shortening Spontaneous Labour."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 14, 2020

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