17 Oct 06
First baby: about 6 hours; it wasn't too uncomfortable unti the very end. Second baby: almost no time. I thought I was having braxton hicks (false) contractions the night before, but they weren't very painful. When I woke up in the morning I thought I might be in early labor, but couldn't really tell. I had a shower then called my mother who suggested I go to the hospital, because her second baby had come fast. My husband drove me to the hospital in 15 minutes, and the baby came out as soon as we arrived. I was very lucky, but it was pretty much effortless. In the pictures right after the birth, I have freshly washed hair, and don't look like I had exerted myself at all. Good luck with your labor.