View Poll Results: Which is easiest for you to birth?
Girls over boys? 1 4.76%
Smaller heads over larger heads? 6 28.57%
"good hips" 5 23.81%
Relaxed environment during labor? 15 71.43%
All of the above. 0 0%
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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I agree that girls heads can be big too! Her boys heads were huge though, much bigger than her girls heads, and I was mostly agreeing with her in "size matters" during labor. I did read about 10 years ago that girls generally have smaller head circ. and the charts read smaller than boys. I don't know if that is true so much anymore with better health care?
Well DS was only 6lbs 2.5oz, but his head was right at 16in IIRC, so he was a bobble head. Water broke on first push, his head and the rest came out on the 6th push. After 3 days of labor.

My head was huge and stayed huge lol, his father's head is bigger than mine. So he was doomed He was in a perfect position, but I've heard smaller babies can more easily end up in difficult ones as they move down. Dunno how true that is.

Interesting about girl vs boy, though! I'll have to look that up.

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Old 09-02-2012, 01:53 PM   #12
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Was your labor longer/harder before pushing? Or was it easier all around? I remember reading Indi's birth story , but I don't know anything about Lennon's.
Labor with Indi was shorter but MUCH more intense!
I lost Lennon's birth story. My laptop crashed when he was a few months old and I never had a printed copy I really should re-create it while I still remember!
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DD had a small head, and her labor was incredibly long and hard.

DS had a really large head AND he was a pound and a half heavier, yet his labor was over 5 times shorter and way, way easier. It did take some effort to get him to crown, though (but pushing was still 9 times shorter than with DD lol).

So...nope.
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Labor with Indi was shorter but MUCH more intense!
I lost Lennon's birth story. My laptop crashed when he was a few months old and I never had a printed copy I really should re-create it while I still remember!
I only wrote down my first, and have yet to write down the other 3 . Can't win either way LOL! There is hope though, http://www.birthcenters.org/parents-...ogical-aspects , says that despite the time lapsed from when you birthed, you remember it pretty accurately years later. Birth is such a pivotal moment in your life that you'll remember most of the details.

Now I would agree with that, but I think it works differently for men. My DH likes to add crazy details to entertain the kids until they are giggling hysterically like, "When you were born you had this little tail and whiskers, that the doctor had to snip off. When we brought you home, all you wanted to eat was cheese and would squeak and squeak at us until you got some, that is why we call you Squeaky!" and I wonder LOL.
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DS's head was 15 inches. He was 10 lbs 2 oz so also my largest and 1st. My water broke at 3:30 and contractions began at about 6. He was out at 7:20 so not quite 4 hrs after water broke and not quite 1.5 hrs from when contractions began.

He was def my quickest, but I wouldn't classify it as easier or harder. Pushing didn't seem any different for him either
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DD had a small head, and her labor was incredibly long and hard.

DS had a really large head AND he was a pound and a half heavier, yet his labor was over 5 times shorter and way, way easier. It did take some effort to get him to crown, though (but pushing was still 9 times shorter than with DD lol).

So...nope.
Thank you ladies! You give me hope I dream of having an easier labor.
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I only wrote down my first, and have yet to write down the other 3 . Can't win either way LOL! There is hope though, http://www.birthcenters.org/parents-...ogical-aspects , says that despite the time lapsed from when you birthed, you remember it pretty accurately years later. Birth is such a pivotal moment in your life that you'll remember most of the details.

Now I would agree with that, but I think it works differently for men. My DH likes to add crazy details to entertain the kids until they are giggling hysterically like, "When you were born you had this little tail and whiskers, that the doctor had to snip off. When we brought you home, all you wanted to eat was cheese and would squeak and squeak at us until you got some, that is why we call you Squeaky!" and I wonder LOL.
That's awesome. Our DH's would get along quite well, I think!
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My most "difficult" labor was my 6# baby!! 8&9# babies were better, in home water-births (def. relaxed environment helped me!!) My last birth MW was only there for ~30 min. before baby was born!!
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I think lots come in to play. My oldes (both girls was 7 lbs & second was 6 something. But I also had back labor & over medicated first so hard to feel what I was doing but second meds were just right & I still could feel baby come out & what I was doing (pushing). My hips hurt a buttload more second time areound. Second was lighter, head not so big, not so long.....my ob was at second so I was more at ease.
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Ok, to clarify my position a little better - aside from the C/S, my smallest baby was my most difficult delivery (also my first).

What I meant though, was if you have two different women, each having an 8 pound baby, I think the head size of said 8 pound baby is going to have the most impact on that woman's delivery. So the woman with the 8 pound baby with the 90th percentile head will have a harder time than the woman with the 8 pound baby with the 40th percentile head. More so than babies are identical sizes (including head) and one woman is birthing at home and one in the hospital, or babies are identical sizes (including head) and one woman has "birthing hips" or both babies are identical sizes (including heads) and one is male and the other female.
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All 3 of mine had heads in about the 25th percentile and I tore with each ranging from 2nd-4th degree with s broken tailbone.

My biggest baby was by far the hardest and his head was biggest though only slightly. They've gotten smaller and smaller and the tears have done the same.

Unfortunately my body just does not seem to handle birthing babies over 7 lbs very well (even the 2nd and 3rd degree were under that) but I make them bigger than that!
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