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How long was your mother in labor with you?

 
 
Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 06:53 pm
Do you know? Have you ever asked your mother? It seems to me that a lot of moms like to use the amount of time spent in labor as a guilt-inducer, as in, "I was in labor with you for fourteen hours, and this is the way you repay me!?"

So, I am not totally sure how long my mother was in labor with me, but I believe I was told at one time or another that it was a short one. I think it was less than eight hours.

How about you?

Maybe there should be a prize for the person who put their mother through the longest, most painful labor. It's the least we could do. Feel free to give suggestions on what might be an appropriate reward for such a feat.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 06:55 pm
This thread would probably be better posted on Mother's Day instead of Valentine's Day, but I thought of it now, so now is when I'm posting the damn thing. Don't like it? Tough luck!
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 06:58 pm
I have no idea, never aksed, never mentioned.

However, when my girlfriend gets mad at her five year old son she likes to say: "I walked through the valley of death to bring you into this world and as God is my witness- I can take you out."
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 07:05 pm
Greenwitch - haha!

I was a quicky. My dad went to drop off my older siblings and by the time he got back it was all over. Not guilt though from our mom.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 08:34 pm
Wow!

Not sure about my mom. 12 hours maybe?

I have a humdinger though. Haven't used it against sozlet yet. 56 hours. Yes, fifty-six.

Small wonder she's an only child, eh?
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 08:49 pm
I was told over and over again by my mother, how hot and muggy the day of my birth was. Finally, a thunderstorm brought rain, lower temperatures and me Smile
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 09:02 pm
56?! Shocked Now that's what I'm talking about! Good god, that must have hurt! You must just pass out from exhaustion at some point, right?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 09:14 pm
56? I think that's the longest I've ever heard of. Oh, my.


I never heard about the hours with my mother. My mother went into beginning alzheimer's just about as I was becoming an adult, and that was in the old days when a lot wasn't talked about. Sex, for example, is a word I think I never heard her mention, nor what it encompasses.

I heard many times that my dad wasn't there at my birth, because he was at a beginning union meeting, that told sort of proudly (I suspect my birth wasn't a many houred episode) but then I seem to have been a blue baby..

That may explain a lot - even maybe my eyes. I got an inquiry a few years ago from the expert in retinitis pigmentosa that I had seen down in LA and they were researching the possibility of some cases being from low oxygen at birth; it wasn't familial as far as I could ever find out, so I was on some probably not genetic list. Plus I've close to no sense of smell, but haven't seen anything relative to that re low oxygen. Plus, y'know... the strange personality...
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martybarker
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 09:55 pm
sozobe wrote:
Wow!

Not sure about my mom. 12 hours maybe?

I have a humdinger though. Haven't used it against sozlet yet. 56 hours. Yes, fifty-six.

Small wonder she's an only child, eh?


Wow, you got me beat by 30 hours. My first was induced. She was 9lbs 8oz and my second was 10 hrs and he was 9lbs 8oz.

I'm sure I was a fairly easy birth compared to my 5 older siblings. My brother who is 3 years older than me weighed 10lbs 9oz.
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doglover
 
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Reply Wed 14 Feb, 2007 10:02 pm
Every year on my birthday (and usually on Mothers Day) my Mom shared the story of her labor and delivery the day I was born. She went into labor at about 11 p.m. Friday night and I was born at 4 p.m. on Saturday...she had an 18 hour labor! Shocked

Until giving birth to me at the age of 32, she had miscarried 3 times and she said that the labor pain was not nearly as painful as losing those 3 other babies.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 05:29 am
She still is.
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Bohne
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 05:36 am
[quote="Green Witch"]However, when my girlfriend gets mad at her five year old son she likes to say: "I walked through the valley of death to bring you into this world and as God is my witness- I can take you out."[/quote]

I have heard of mothers saying things like this, mine never did, and I think it's about the most awful and horrible thing you can say to your child!

But to answer the question: I have no idea, and I don't even think I want to know.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 09:32 am
kickycan wrote:
56?! Shocked Now that's what I'm talking about! Good god, that must have hurt! You must just pass out from exhaustion at some point, right?


Pretty much.

My husband enjoys doing an impression of me "sleeping" the first and second nights. (Happy slumber, sit up and scream, scream a bit more, stop screaming, lay down happily...) The nice thing about contractions is that they don't have any lingering effects -- they hurt like hell while they're happening but when they're over, they're over.

I went without drugs for the first... I forget... 20 hours I think, as I'd planned to have one of those "natural" childbirths, but by the end of that I was just so totally whupped I didn't have the mental energy for pain management and so went ahead and had the epidural. Much better after that, though still unpleasant in myriad ways.
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George
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 09:52 am
Soz's experience is much like The Lovely Bride's with Clive. Wake,
scream, collapse, sleep. Repeat. But after 26 hours, they induced. Not a
fun time.

I was born in the era when they doped up women in childbirth. My Mom
has no idea how long she was in labor. I've given her lots of other things
to "guilt" me with, though.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 09:54 am
Bohne wrote:
[quote="Green Witch"]However, when my girlfriend gets mad at her five year old son she likes to say: "I walked through the valley of death to bring you into this world and as God is my witness- I can take you out."


I have heard of mothers saying things like this, mine never did, and I think it's about the most awful and horrible thing you can say to your child!

But to answer the question: I have no idea, and I don't even think I want to know.[/color][/quote]

I think it's meant more of a joke than a threat.


Why is it so horrible? Unless of course, you abuse your child and the threat is real.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 10:08 am
Relax Bohne, it's done with love and humor. Her son doesn't fully get it, but he laughs knowing his mother is going over the top. We tease her that he will have his revenge when she's old and in a nursing home, and he won't help her tweeze her chin hairs.
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Chai
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 10:08 am
Yeah, soz is the winner.


A friend of mine told me he was an only child because of the troubles his mother had in labor. When I asked how long it was, he said "Oh, DAYS..."

My mother had me in less than an hour. Her first baby was in about 2 hours, and the last one was about 1/2 an hour.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 10:09 am
duplicate edit
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 12:00 pm
Not sure exactly how long, but it couldn't be that long. As my mom complains about women giving birth and that they don't know how to now - it takes them way too long.

Mine were 34 and just shy of 24 hours. Like Soz's, I tried without pain killers until finally I gave up. Slept after they gave me the epidural. But I can also complain about other things beside the long labor. I got sick with both. One I actually was throwing up, the other I spike such a high fever giving labor that I had to have an intravenous to prevent infection. My feet were so swollen after that I couldn't fit into any shoes when I left the hospital. Oh and I got my first gray hair the morning after my first was born.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Thu 15 Feb, 2007 12:03 pm
I was born on Mother's Day and was a c-section baby.

My mom was never around enough to guilt me.
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