How do you measure how long someone was in labor?
For example, I was in triage at 3 cm for a couple of hours before they officially admitted me at 4 cm. From the point at which I was admitted to the point at which I gave birth, 9.5 hours elapsed.
However, prior to being admitted at the hospital, I had been having regular contractions for 7 hours and irregular contractions for 13 hours before that.
If I count from the point at which the contractions started, I was in labor for 29.5 hours. If I count from the point at which I started having regular contractions that grew closer together, I was in labor for 16.5 hours. If I could from the point at which I reached 4 cm and was officially admitted to the hospital, I was in labor for 9.5 hours. Which is it?
I'm just curious because people have asked me how long my labor was and I really wasn't sure what to tell them. Thanks!