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Poll Results: Did you give birth quickly?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 16% (46)
    I am under 5'8" and pushed my baby out quickly. I had an epidural.
  • 31% (90)
    I am under 5'8" and pushed my baby out quickly. I had NO epidural
  • 7% (21)
    I am under 5'8" and it took a while to push my baby out. I had an epidural.
  • 13% (37)
    I am under 5'8" and it took a while to push my baby out. I had NO epidural.
  • 5% (15)
    I am 5'8" (or taller) and pushed my baby out quickly. I had an epidural.
  • 14% (41)
    I am 5'8" (or taller) and pushed my baby out quickly. I had NO epidural.
  • 3% (9)
    I am 5'8" (or taller) and it took a while to push my baby out. I had an epidural.
  • 3% (11)
    I am 5'8" (or taller) and it took a while to push my baby out. I had NO epidural.
  • 4% (14)
    Other -- please explain.
284 Total Votes  
post #21 of 81
I'm about 5'8 but it didn't work for me. I couldn't push either of mine out - both labors were over 24 hours - first one was c/s and 2nd needed forceps and was a shoulder dystocia.

I think the idea is if you're tall, your pelvis, feet, everything else is also bigger. It's not true for me. Relative to my height, I have small feet and small hips.
post #22 of 81
I voted "other" so I can watch out this poll goes more easily. I bet this guy's full of it.
post #23 of 81
total bulls*%t. why on earth would height matter?
post #24 of 81
me:

5 foot 7

labored 22 hours -- diluated to a 4 (real, hard, active labor -- never more than 5 minutes between "surges")

had eperdural

waited 5 hours

turned epr off

pushed for 3.5 hours

could not move baby at all

had forcept delievery while the C-unit was preped.

best buddy -- five foot ONE -- pushed number one out in 45 minutes (10 hours labor -- no medication) and pushed number two out in 9 minues -- maybe 7 -- (6 hours of labor totally unmedicated). minor natural tear with first, none with this one.
post #25 of 81
I voted twice one for each dd. I am 5'6".

DD1 - induced 12 hr. labor, epidural, 30 mins. pushing

DD2 - natural 4 hr. labor, no epidural, 10 mins. pushing

There was only a 4 ounce difference in weight and only 1/4" difference in head circumference.
post #26 of 81
i am 5' 3", had a homebirth and pushed dd out in 24 minutes!
post #27 of 81
I'm 5'4" and pushed for 2.5 hours

The only thing I wonder about when questions of pushing time come up is whether there was an episiotomy. I've had a lot of people "brag" to me about how short their pushing was, but as soon as the baby's head was visible the doctor cut her and he came out. Not really the same.
post #28 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by pamamidwife View Post
total bulls*%t. why on earth would height matter?
even though i voted...........:
post #29 of 81
If this person noticed any sort of correlation, my guess is that he assumed that taller women would have an easier time and didn't do the things that lead to problems. How many inductions are a result of a "big" baby? How many difficult labors are the result of inductions?
post #30 of 81
oops i hit the wrong button, i am under 5'8 and had all my babies quickly with no epidural. I voted yes on the epi accidentaly.
post #31 of 81
I'm barely 5 feet and never actively pushed, I had a true "fetal-ejection reflex" and dd was out in less than 10 minutes.
post #32 of 81
i'm 5'4" and alice came out very quickly with no drugs. 40 minutes from the time my water was ruptured til her appearance.
post #33 of 81
I'm 5'6" and had an epidural with my twins. I pushed them both in about 25 minutes. Once I felt the urge to push, it was practically over.

With #3 I pushed for about 15 minutes. No epidural but same experience -- once I felt ready to push, it took no time.

I think long pushing has more to do with mom's position and baby's position, than size. I just had a client who is a multip, never had any pain meds with any labors, always pushed baby out fast BUT this last labor the baby was posterior and she pushed for over an hour.
post #34 of 81
I'm 5'6".

With ds, I was in labor for 45 (yes, forty-five) hours including 2 HOURS of pushing. He never even crowned and I ended with a c-section.

With dd, I was in labor for 16 hours, only got to a 7, dd went into distress, and I ended up with another c-section.

Oh, and I had an epidural with both.
post #35 of 81
5'3, had a 12 hour labor, spent only 15 minutes pushing while on knees (although i pushed in between contractions too because i was young and stupid. heh.)
post #36 of 81
I'm 5'4" with a very short torso. I had a short labor (5.5 hours) and pushed for 30 minutes (on my back) and ds was out. No epidural.
post #37 of 81
I'm teeny, 5'1" (when I inhale ) about 100 lbs soaking wet.

My first son was malpositioned (they--the medwives--told me it wasn't a problem , but doesn't everyone enjoy a 60 hr labor?? ) I pushed for about 50 min in a hospital w/the medwife constantly yelling at me about different positions. No epi or anything. Just lots of medwife abuse.

My second son was a UC. Labor was about 5 hrs (he was positioned perfectly) and I pushed about 10 min--maybe.
post #38 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pamamidwife View Post
total bulls*%t. why on earth would height matter?
I have no idea. Perhaps this doctor believes in the idea that tall = wide pelvis, short = small pelvis?
post #39 of 81
5'11"
4 hr labor
13 min. of pushing
No epi
post #40 of 81
I'm 5'3". My first took 4 hours to push out. My next 3 just sort of shot right outta me. No epidural any of those times.
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