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Old 10-19-2012, 01:31 PM   #51
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Re: If you had a hospital birth - did they allow pushing while squatting?

This was such a helpful thread. With my first, I really had no choice. I was berated by the nurses and OB for "not trying hard enough" while pushing. It was a horrible experience. I've been reading up on homebirths and birthing in general, and while I feel much more confident about having a pleasant experience this time, I've run into a few obstacles already.

Firstly, I work in one state and have to see a midwife in this particular state. She is not allowed to come to the hospital of my choice, nor will our insurance cover a homebirth. My home state has a fairly decent hospital for deliveries with a good reputation, including an Alternative Birth Center, but I cannot use it since my midwife will not be present. So I will be at this great hospital, but will be delivering with whoever is available. It really bums me out. I've asked DH to help me deliver at home, but he works nights and if I go into labor then, I'm on my own...with a 5 year old.


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Re: If you had a hospital birth - did they allow pushing while squatting?

I think they (midwife & nurses) would prefer on the bed but I know they will deliver in the tub if insist so I'm sure they would anywhere if you were adamant about it.

I delivered dd1 on the bed with the back all the way up and I was on my knees leaning over the back. If that makes sense? It would be very similar to squatting at the side of the bed.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:31 PM   #53
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Re: If you had a hospital birth - did they allow pushing while squatting?

In our military hospital they're pretty tolerant of push positions (they have birthing stools, squatting bars, etc) and as long as you don't have an epidural, you're allowed to do kind of what you want. My best position is semi-reclined (almost sitting up, they drop the end of the bed) holding, my own legs with my husband counting. I never wrote out a birth plan and they asked me what I wanted and granted all of my requests
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