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Old 11-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #11
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Re: push position

My first I pushed in a semi reclining position... never again!
Second I pushed squatting in the water - awesome!

It's definitely worth it to wait until your body takes over pushing instead of "trying" to push - it is SO much more effective!

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #12
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Re: push position

My first was with an epi, and I pushed in the semi-reclined sitting position.

My second was without pain meds, and they had me start out semi-reclined and sitting while holding my thighs. My DD was posterior and the pain in my back was unbearable in that position, so I ended up squatting on the bed to deliver her. But my MW also told me I could start pushing before I felt the urge (I was fully dilated/effaced) because she said it could take hours before I felt the urge due to baby's position. At the time I just wanted to get things over with, but the pushing was so incredibly painful that I think in the future I will definitely wait for the urge since it goes so much easier then - and she may have turned to a better presentation if I had waited longer.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:35 PM   #13
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At the time I just wanted to get things over with, but the pushing was so incredibly painful that I think in the future I will definitely wait for the urge since it goes so much easier then - and she may have turned to a better presentation if I had waited longer.
totally agree with this!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:40 PM   #14
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All 4 without drugs.

#1: On my back in the hospital with a CNM.
#2 & 3: Hands and knees at home on land.
#4: Squatted on my knees at home in the water.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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for those who birth on their knees or hands and knees- were you in the hospital bed? I think this might be a good position for me, but not sure if my OB would be ok with it. Can they see what's going on down there in that position?
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:54 AM   #16
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for those who birth on their knees or hands and knees- were you in the hospital bed? I think this might be a good position for me, but not sure if my OB would be ok with it. Can they see what's going on down there in that position?
Well sure. If your butt is facing them and in the air.
Most OBs dont like to do different positions b/c its inconvient for them but he should be able to get a good view and it will be fine!

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Old 11-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #17
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Their job is to protect your bum from tearing. So they want you in the most convenient position for them. You need to start talking to the OB to find out what they are ok with. And speak up...my midwife had a preference but I told her I wanted to squat and that's what I did. She wanted to make me have a success birth experience and was flexible. We tried on my back and side for one push the first time, but I wanted to squat. And with 3 pushes both times the baby came out. I recommend it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:46 PM   #18
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My first was on a birth stool.
Second was on hands and knees in the birth pool.
Third was squatting in the birth pool.
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