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post #41 of 57

So interesting to read all the variety!

 

1. In a squat holding onto a birth bar on a hospital bed. This was my longest pushing at 45 minutes, but it was induced and I had an epidural (what they call a "walking" epidural so I was still able to be up on my legs).

2. On hands and knees on the floor, pushing the baby out in 5 minutes.

3. In the birth tub, in a floating squat as I held my husband's hands at the edge of the tub. It was a BIG tub. This one took 10 minutes to push out. It seemed like hours, because I had to work harder at it. I think that's because the water took some of the pressure of gravity off me.

post #42 of 57
FTM here (due July 2014) and new to the site.

Oh man, I'm even more excited about my decision to have a home, water birth with my midwife after reading everyone's responses! I'm so glad I found this site! It's so good to be around people who share my philosophy on natural child birth!
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post #43 of 57

First - on my back in McRoberts?  My knees pulled practically up to my ears.  Had been pushing for over an hour or more on hands and knees and was so exhausted that I did not care how I lay.  (Total 2-3 hrs)

 

Second - on my hands and knees for about 20 min then draped over the birth ball for about 10 - so slightly more upright.  Could not move from the spot.  Pushing got more productive as soon as I was over the birth ball.

 

Second baby was much faster, bc second baby and no nuchal hand.

post #44 of 57
On my knees, with arms up on the couch...so semi-upright, kind of a cross between a squat and hands and knees.
post #45 of 57

Strangely, while I didn't find out if I was having a boy or girl, I envisioned for both pregnancies how I would birth, and both were very much correct and what my body wanted: hands and knees in water for my first and squatting on a birth stool with my second. This time around I envision being on my bed. :)

post #46 of 57
Kneeling on my bed with my arms around my husband's neck. Contrary to what I'd predicted, the birth pool didn't get much use.
post #47 of 57

First was lying on my back, feet in the air - NOT my choice - I had been kneeling over a pile of pillows and hoping to squat, but had a hospital-minded midwife intervene, who insisted I must lie down and took all my pillow away!

2 & 3 were both on all 4s - both were very quick and the only way I could cope with the intensity was in that stable position!

 

Had PPH with first birth only - apparently this is more likely in a supine position, due to pressure on major blood-vessels

Tore with all 3, along the exact same line each time!

post #48 of 57
I w delivered the head while on a birthing stool and then switched to all fours for the rest of him.
post #49 of 57
1st Kneeling in tub and laying back
2nd squatted entire time
post #50 of 57

Cool thread! I really like reading the variations, especially between the same woman and her different births. Mine were both waterbirths. First was leaning back on my hands with my legs up (knees near my shoulders). Second, who was much bigger and didn't tuck his head) was kneeling sitting forward, and then between pushes I would flip around to sitting. 

post #51 of 57

Semi-sitting in a raised hospital bed. I used my arms to push up and relieve pressure off my bottom during pushes. They were way sore the next day! Pushing started unexpectedly and went fast, so I couldn't have moved if I wanted too. But it worked for me. 

post #52 of 57

I labored in the shower, on the toilet, on all fours on the bathroom floor, and very briefly on my back on my bed.  I pushed DD out on our bed, on my knees, leaning on a yoga ball.  She came out in one fell swoop.  Had hoped for a waterbirth, but our hot water went out in the house!

post #53 of 57

With my first I was squatting with friends supporting me on either side. Even though it was a hospital birth and I'd been induced I had a very supportive midwife which enabled me to move around and birth in the position I chose.

 

I remember thinking afterwards that I'd love a birthing stool so I could be in a similar squat but without having to be held up. I'd planned a Home Birth this time and hired an independent midwife. She had a birthing stool. As it happened I had complications and ended up being induced in hospital again, but I took my birthing stool and gave birth on it as I'd wanted to after a 3 day labour where I managed to fend off all interventions and birth naturally. :)

post #54 of 57

on my effing back against my will with my feet in the air and my pubic bone curled up towards my face. I believe the yoga pose is "happy baby pose". I'm a student midwife and doula and I KNOW this is the worst position to give birth in- yet I was stuck there- against my will- and unable to get off the bed because they refused to remove the IV so I could move around. i had a traumatic hospital transfer from a planned homebirth.

post #55 of 57

#1 - standard hospital on the back

#2 - accidentally on the toilet

#3 - purposefully on the toilet, because it worked so well the last time, and I was fed up with the pushing business after a whole 3 pushes in a different position.

post #56 of 57
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Originally Posted by LeelasMama View Post
 

on my effing back against my will with my feet in the air and my pubic bone curled up towards my face. I believe the yoga pose is "happy baby pose". I'm a student midwife and doula and I KNOW this is the worst position to give birth in- yet I was stuck there- against my will- and unable to get off the bed because they refused to remove the IV so I could move around. i had a traumatic hospital transfer from a planned homebirth.

I'm so sorry to hear that!  I can't believe they still insist on such an unnatural position!  :(

 

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Originally Posted by ocelotmom View Post
 

#1 - standard hospital on the back

#2 - accidentally on the toilet

#3 - purposefully on the toilet, because it worked so well the last time, and I was fed up with the pushing business after a whole 3 pushes in a different position.

This is so funny - I actually got OFF the toilet bc I was concerned about pushing DD out into it!  How does that work?  Does baby have to be fished out of the bowl?  Does someone manage to catch baby somehow?  Are you actually sitting on the toilet?  Sorry so many questions, I just wonder bc I was close to delivering my DD on the throne!  :)

post #57 of 57
I caught the head of both of them, and then someone else helped get them out without getting in the water.
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