Just wanted to let you know that I pushed for over 7 hours.
My son was posterior (OP) for my entire third trimester, but when I went into labour my midwife assured me he had moved into the correct position. My labour was very intense from the beginning (1am), contractions starting off 4 minutes apart with strong back pain and excruciating thigh pain with every contraction. (My midwife had never heard of leg pain, but I have since found out it isn't that uncommon.)
I laboured at home and was fully dilated at 1pm, at which point my midwife instructed me to start pushing. About an hour later, my son's head was about an inch from being born, and my midwife assured me he'd be born in no time. Over an hour after that, my son hadn't budged. I tried every position, but I was totally exhausted and really just wanted to lie down. Unfortunately, every time I did, my contractions backed off. The second midwife (who had arrived to assist with the delivery) suggested I transfer to hospital, which I did.
It wasn't until I was in the car that I finally felt a strong urge to push. By the time I got to the hospital I fully expected to have a C-section. The OB examined me, said my son was OP and that was the reason for the difficulty, but oddly had me continue pushing with the midwives. They put me on a pitocin drip to increase my contractions. I continued to try position after position with no success. I would push my son's head down, and then it would apparently move back up between contractions. Finally, at 8:14pm, the OB gave me a large episiotomy and apparently manually rotated my son, and he was born with just one more push. 8.0lb even.
My son is now 14 months old, but I still don't understand what went wrong. I am fit, stayed active throughout my pregnancy, and stayed very calm and focused throughout my labour. My midwives deny the OB's claim that my son was OP, but I never understood why they thought he would lie. The only explanation they gave me was a possible "soft tissue issue", whatever that means. I think my midwife made me push much too early, but I don't think that alone could have caused the problem. I was left thinking I just wasn't very good at pushing, especially since my two closest girlfriends both had easy, short home births just a few weeks later.
I am now pregnant with my second child, and hoping for a much shorter second stage this time around!