10 TV Medical Conditions That Are Rare in Real Life


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A 10-minute Delivery
Real-life deliveries often take much longer than they seem to on your favorite show.
Real-life deliveries often take much longer than they seem to on your favorite show.
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How many times have you seen a pregnant woman go through the entire labor and delivery process in 10 minutes on TV? Take the season finale of "Glee," where Quinn Fabray delivers during a musical number. Or in the series finale of "Lost," when Claire Littleton delivers in a similarly brief amount of time. Although 10 minutes is the usual amount of time between commercials on prime time, that time interval probably seems absurd to women who have given birth in real life. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the average first-time vaginal birth lasts from 12 to 14 hours. Subsequent births may take less time, but certainly not 10 minutes.

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