Mom Spends 20 Days in Labor Before Giving Birth

Jeanne Sager

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A woman spent 20 days in labor before finally giving birth to her little boy, a preemie at a British hospital.

Did anyone else just grab their stomach in sympathy pains?

I thought my mom's story of 28 hours in labor with me was bad. But 20 days!?

According to The Telegraph, Amy Buck went into the hospital on May 4, 2009 with labor pains. She was just 19 weeks, 5 days pregnant, and doctors had to do everything in their power to keep baby Daniel in her belly.

So the contractions -- which she described as "constant churning" -- continued for 20 days until she gave birth on May 24. The baby boy came out, kicked several times despite his small size, and took several breaths before he had to be resuscitated.

Doctors think her water broke early and she contracted an infection, causing her cervix to dilate and her body to act as though it was in labor.

Daniel was still a preemie, but a year later he's now 17 pounds and very healthy. Mom, who was just 17 at the time of the birth, is doing well too.

And you can let go of that belly now. The "average" length of labor for first-time moms is closer to 12 to 18 hours (I went 13). For second-timers, you can usually cut your time in half.

What's the longest labor you've heard of?

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