The birth of a baby takes time, simply. Sometimes, a long labor is beneficial and necessary.

The recurring question that comes in is always in women before and during childbirth is how long my labor will it last? It is difficult to answer and evaluate the unknown duration, which is determinative of the medical and emotional consequences of childbirth.


Delivery can take up to several days in some women. This slow process can be useful so that the mother’s body and the baby, be ready for active labor and birth. Only 2% of births are called hasty .Expectant mothers do wish, however, never imaging a long labor and the terrifying prospect when they want to feel physical pain, fatigue and various medical interventions may be necessary.

Unfortunately, in our modern, Western culture, we value that rarely takes time. While we enjoy a Sunday lunch or family who has simmered for hours and required a long preparation, we are often content of meals on the run or fast food, while not planning a traditional meal is more beneficial for our health and wellbeing. Childbirth has become another area where we do not have enough time. Women want to be triggered to accelerate the natural process. The body still needs to prepare and warm up before work is finally settled. The uterus is simply a muscle. Some moms even choose to request and schedule a cesarean delivery.


The standard

A long labor is not necessarily a sign of an anomaly or a medical problem. In reality, each labor and delivery, is different. It remains difficult to measure realistically and accurately the length of a delivery. There is some evidence, mainly those of Dr. Friedman regarding the progress of labor, it is common to assume that mothers in active labor progressing about one centimeter per hour expansion. Unfortunately this guideline is now used as a standard default but does not apply to all births.

What about the pain? Some women measure the duration of their delivery from the time when physical pain becomes more intense. However it is likely that the work has begun before they feel the first effects or become uncomfortable. Women who have had multiple births can attest, some births may require days and others only a few hours. Nothing really rationally explains these differences in duration. Progress may seem more slow than average, but this may simply be that this work requires more time to grow.

The nature

Childbirth is indeed a series of physiological changes of the female body and not merely to the dilation of the cervix: changes in the level of hormones, baby’s position, opening the pool etc. It is not uncommon to see a start and stop work over several days. This actually allows the mother to rest in between. We must therefore allow time for delivery to progress at their own pace. However, women are often encouraged and advised to use medical interventions to accelerate the progress of labor as it was a long process in itself an anomaly. Intervene medically when it is not necessary, may actually interfere with the normal nature intended. During delivery and to maintain good progress in labor and benefit of time it is important to remember the following points and discuss with your doctor:

* Eating and drinking in order to keep its energy
* Do not go too early in the hospital (with the consent of the doctor or midwife)
* Stay active and change positions during labor (avoid lying on your back)
* In case of slow progress, make small naps occasionally
* A baby born at their own pace and rhythm of the body of his mother.