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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.

From: Prolonged Labor WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 04, 2018

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