Having a discussion with friends I was a bit surprised at how long some of them pushed with their first birth. I have had precipitious labor with all of mine so I'm sort of an outlier and maybe contributes to my quick second stage of labor too. So I thought I'd ask all of you to see what the average is for Mothering moms.
Poll: For your first birth...how long did you push?
Poll Results: For your first birth, how long did you push?
14% (71)Less than 10 minutes
23% (115)10-30 minutes
16% (80)30 minutes to an hour
13% (67)1-2 hours
20% (100)2-4 hours
9% (45)4-6 hours
2% (12)6-12 hours
1% (8)12 hours or more
I voted 4-6.... because i didn't push continuously while trying at home, but I'd say it was probably an hour total before I gave up and went to the hospital . My baby was in a bad position, asynclitic and I suspect OP but rotated because I had horrible back labor the whole time, and i had a swollen cervix and lip that wouldn't budge... so I pushed and pushed and nothing happened for awhile except for more pain. At the hospital I pushed pretty continuously from 4pm-7:30pm when she was born. 3.5 hours of serious pushing, an hour and a half or so with experimenting with it. hopefully next time it's like 15 minutes. I cannot do that again. I busted blood vessels in my eyes and I was sore and my face was swollen for a week, no exaggeration. I was FORCED on my back, so that probably contributed to it taking so long. If I had been upright with gravity... who knows, maybe half the time?? I had an almost 9 lb baby with a huge head (93rd percentile)
This will sound nuts to some I am certain, but I did not push- at all with either of my daughters. My body literally expelled them from my body, and no effort was required of me other than being a part of the process. Both were vaginal, drug free midwife assisted births. 3 hours of labor for the first and then 2 hours of labor. But I did nothing but hand myself over to the process... it sounds crazy even now. But I never pushed at all.
I pushed for a little over four hours total, 36 hour labor. Two different two hour episodes of pushing at home and then more after I was transferred to the hospital. Baby girl's head wasn't in the right position so I stayed stuck at 9 cm for hours. She was finally born with the help of forceps--9 lb 15 oz. After all that I am not convinced she needs siblings.
6 hours in an assisted home birth. My son failed to engage and apparently his umbilical was too short - a scant 13", and it was wrapped around his neck (from what my husband tells me). We tried all sorts of positions, but it was sitting in a birthing stool that ultimately brought him out. Total of 20 hours of labor.
Baby 2: No pushes - precipitous labor was about 2 1/2 hours and I was holding her in as the MW arrived and my next contraction she just slid right out.
Baby 3: 2 pushes (so maybe 10 minutes, 1 or 2 of which were actually pushing?) - first got him in position, second got him out.