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Poll Results: For your first birth, how long did you push?

  • 14% (72)
    Less than 10 minutes
  • 23% (116)
    10-30 minutes
  • 16% (81)
    30 minutes to an hour
  • 13% (67)
    1-2 hours
  • 19% (100)
    2-4 hours
  • 9% (46)
    4-6 hours
  • 2% (12)
    6-12 hours
  • 1% (8)
    12 hours or more
502 Total Votes  
post #101 of 107
My first was born posterior and after stalling at 8cm for 8 hours I consented to pitocin, but no epidural. Still, because of the pitocin they had me strapped to the bed and I pushed on my back for 2.5 hours. It was the classic nurse-directed purple pushing complete with counting and everyone cheering me on. Labor was a total of 28 hours. She was 7 lbs 12 oz and born Sunnyside up!

My second was a hospital-based water birth and after 6 hours of labor I pushed for about 45 minutes. She was 9lbs 9oz. Although I felt my body spontaneously pushing on its own, I was surprised that I had to work so hard on top of that in order to get her out! No tears with either one, but I have had some mild pelvic-floor issues after the last.
post #102 of 107

I was in labor for about 13 hours total, and he pretty much came out on his own in less than ten minutes. Technically my body was pushing, but I wasn't conciously doing any work. If anything I was trying to hold back a little so that he wouldn't come quite so fast. Holding back hurts a lot more than just letting them come! I had the bed in an upright position, and pushed myself up with my arms during contractions to relieve the pressure on my bottom. I screamed during every pushing contraction. And I pretty much yelled at the nurse when she tried to get me to "help them hold my legs back". I was busy, and I figured she and my husband had it covered. The doctor was hardly there at all, and hardly did anything.

post #103 of 107

My first was 4 1/2 hours, but my second was a 9 minute self projector:) I don't like to talk about the third..., haha.

post #104 of 107

First birth, somewhere around 3 hours.

Second birth, I think 15 minutes 

post #105 of 107
First baby was 5 hours of labor, including 30 minutes of pushing in an awkward position(hospital). Second baby was 2.5 hours of labor, including a couple pushes while squatting in a pool(homebirth).
post #106 of 107

5-10 minutes. I remember it was 3 pushes total, and dd shot out like a rocket. The student OB nearly dropped her - she was surprised!


Total labor was about 8 hours. Water broke the day before, went to the hospital after 24 hours with no sign of labor, finally got in a room about 1 am, dd was born at 9:15 in the morning, just in time for me to get breakfast.

post #107 of 107
It was about 10-15 minutes for all three of my pushed births.
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