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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 #21 of 107

I pushed for 5 hours before my midwife suggested that the baby was probably in military position and that we might need to transfer to the hospital. Then we tried at home for a couple more hours before I gave up, and with me sobbing, we went to the hospital. I reluctantly had an epi and pitocin, The epi helped open my pelvis and the pitocin helped my contractions strengthen (at this point I had been awake for more than 48 hours) and she FINALLY moved down from a 0 position to a +3.5. I got two hours of sleep after the epi and she was vacuum extracted (with another 20 minutes of pushing) at 8:10 am . I was fully dilated and pushing at 8:45pm the night before! So that's almost 12 hours since the first push. I was EXHAUSTED. My face hurt. I'm sincerely hoping that our next baby, due this April comes out in 2 pushes! 

post #22 of 107

I only pushed the length of seven rushes. After sixteen hours of back labour, I was glad that part went quickly!

post #23 of 107

I put 10-30 but thinking back, probably less than 10. I had a second stage like being strapped to the front of a jetplane. :)  I remember 4 distinct humongous involuntary pushes. Yikes!  I dunno how you ladies that push 2+hrs do it. Much respect.

post #24 of 107

My first (2) births were twins, a scheduled C-section for large, breech twins. No labor at all. My first VBAC, labor was about 17 hours. I pushed for about 16 minutes. She was 9 lb 6 oz, and had her hand up by her face. I tore a lot. My second VBAC, labor was about 28 hours but only one hour at the hospital. I squatted with the bar and pushed for about 10 minutes (maybe 3 pushes?). He was 8 lb 14 oz, and I still tore, but less.

post #25 of 107

An hour and 45 minutes, although I didn't push the whole time.  And much of the time I was pushing, it was awful because I had an epidural and couldn't feel anything.  Somehow she turned from posterior to anterior, and the epidural got turned off so I could feel stuff, and then she came out pretty quickly after that.

post #26 of 107

If I remember right all four of mine fell between 15 and 30 minutes. I wanted to vote but didn't see how - poll must be closed?

post #27 of 107

dd1 - 50 minutes (hospital, epidural, on my back)

dd2 - 60 seconds I think, 3 very quick "I'M DONE WITH THIS" pushes and she was out (homebirth, pushed on birthing stool)

post #28 of 107

1 hour and 15 min with DD1

20 min with DD2

post #29 of 107
My labor/delivery was unexpectedly fast. First mild cramps around 3am. Water broke around 11am. Around noon I was only 1-2 cm. Was admitted to hospital around 2pm because of broken water. When Dr got there around 5pm I was 10cm. Approximately 12 pushes over 10 mins or so and my little angel was born at 528 pm smile.gif no pain meds like I planned, just iv fluids per hospital policy and antibiotics because gbs +. Had to go under anesthesia after tho because of retained placenta.
post #30 of 107
I pushed as hard as I could for 2 hours. I was supposed to do the hypnobirthing technique of breathing the baby down but that was not working. My baby was born on thursday. My contractions began on Tuesday. It was a long labor!
post #31 of 107

All 3 of my children were less than 10 minutes of pushing. I labored quite awhile with all of them (back labor), and when I felt like I needed to it was time. 

post #32 of 107
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Originally Posted by msella View Post
 

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.

 

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Originally Posted by nameisrio View Post

30 minutes - no epidural to slow things down. smile.gif

The above comments are so accurate to my experience: my first 4 babies were born in the hospital, flat on my back, with Pitocin and epidurals and episiotomies, and many, many hours of ineffectual pushing.  I ended up with 'healthy' babies, born vaginally, but from a cut, swollen, and very exhausted Mama.  Last two babies were born without hospital intervention, (one at a birth center, last one at home) with no Pit, no epidural, no episiotomies, and I was able to move around and change position freely - and I did not push at all.  My body pushed for me when it was ready, my only job was to relax through the contractions, which made them bearable.  I had building contractions for several hours and then, maybe 2 or three big body 'pulses' and the babies were out.  From my experience, looking back, I think pushing for hours is due to a misunderstanding and a mishandling of the entire process, by an entire culture of misinformation, which we become victims of, unless we self-educate and can break free.

post #33 of 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by msella View Post
 

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.

Not too nuts...my great aunt was the exact same way with ALL of her kids. She would be walking and just feel a baby all the sudden! 

post #34 of 107

My first was an emergency c/s, but my second was a vaginal birth and I pushed for an hour and 45 minutes. I was told to push as soon as I was dilated and I think I just wasn't ready. With my third I pushed for 19 minutes, but my body was doing it all on it's own. I really only consciously pushed once at the end once her head was halfway out and the rest of her flew out.

post #35 of 107
My labor was 29.5 hrs from start to finish. They said "we have to stop your labor we don't have enough staff to go around" but I never fully stopped! It was horrible. Next day they started me up again mad I went all day and well into the night before I finally had my daughter!
post #36 of 107

So jealous of all these fast 2nd stagers!  For me it was 4 hours for the first birth and 2 hours for the second. (oh, and reading along at some of the comments --  I was super active during both births and unmedicated). Some people just take a while to get the baby down. :D

post #37 of 107

Just over an hour with DD1.  She was born posterior, although i didn't feel like like I had was back labor.  I had an epidural for the last 20 minutes of labor and for the pushing (and pitocin for the entire labor) and was pushing on my back.  I think it would have taken longer, but the doctor stretched and tore me to the point of a 2nd degree tear (with her hands, since I refused an episiotomy).  She was also 10 lbs, 5 oz, so lots of baby to push out.  

 

DD2 was about 5 minutes of pushing and DS was about 8 minutes of pushing, both on my back, but with a majority of my labor on the toilet, which I think helped bring them down quickly (and labor for both was around 3 hours).  They were 9 lbs, 12 oz and 9 lbs, 6 oz (mine seem to get smaller each time.)

post #38 of 107

3 hours with my first.  She was sunny side up with a nuchal hand.  Home water birth. 

 

 

With my second? 30 minutes. 

post #39 of 107
45 minutes at midnight with an epidural, while on my back, after 21hrs of labor.

Didn't get the epi until my water had broken and I was like 7cm. I dilated really quickly while relaxing under the epi, and though I was a little out of touch with pushing, it worked well enough!
post #40 of 107
Home water birth. From very first contraction to birth was a total of 6.5 hours. It was very fast but my husband thinks I pushed for 2.5 of those hours. I would've said it was 1 hour but had no concept of time during. Not sure why pushing seems so long compared to the rest of labor. Dd was 8lbs 7oz which isn't tiny but isn't off the charts large so who knows. She had a nice shaped head when she was delivered....very round.
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