it was really helpful to know that different babies=different durations, as i sort of assumed that my third would be the same as the first two (DD, about 30 min, 4-6 pushes, DS 2-3 pushes, very fast, my body pushed). as we are planning a UC, i told myself that if my pushing is longer than that, then maybe this means we have a problem. but maybe not. good to know.
baby #1- 20 min, 3-4 pushes, hospital, lying on my back at a 45 degree angle with feet resting in stirrups (not strapped down)
baby #2- didn't push at all, she just slid out while i tried not to push in the front seat of an Audi, semi-sitting
baby #3- 1 really hard push just for her head, on my hands & knees in the kitchen
baby #4- pushed for like an hour, squatting, even though I had to urge to push, i only pushed because i knew the nature of the ctx had changed and i wanted her out. THEN my H20 broke and she came through without my added pushing, fairly easily and quickly. i should have rested- all that unnecessary pushing gave me my 1st hemorrhoid in my life and strained my thigh muscles for a very long time and i ended up constipated for 3 weeks. OUCH.
baby #5- one good long hard push for her head (semi-squat, all alone in the bathroom)
baby #6- about 45 minutes of pushing contractions, and 2-3 big long pushes for her- I tore a little, too but she was born oddly, she was a brow presentation and her head didn't come out a little at a time (2steps forward, 1 step back) like it's supposed to, she went from not even crowning, to suddenly she's born up to her elbows, then she stopped for a minute before her bum and legs came through. Long story is in my blog.