Originally Posted by thixle
So why do do they say don't push once the head is out???
I had already been given a 3rd degree episiotomy, so I KNOW no one cared about tearing. I didn't push, my body did- it wasn't concious at all, but I still got yelled at "Don't PUSH!"
They like to have the chance to check for cord around baby's neck before the rest of him comes out, as well as suctioning his mouth before he takes his first breath. As for me and not pushing...they told me not to after my 1st son's head was out because the cord was around his neck x 3...after they unwrapped it, I was free to push. That was a first birth, natural, in a hospital, with pitocin and an episiotomy. He was 8 lbs 6 oz and I had a 3rd degree tear (I tore past the episiotomy), and was born after 45 minutes of pushing. My second son was a natural birthing home waterbirth. No guided pushing, I just pushed when the time was right for me. I didn't WANT to push even though I was really feeling the urge, since the tub wasn't filled yet and I really wanted a waterbirth. But the best I could do was vocalize as LOUD as I could so I wouldn't hold my breath and bear down. My body was still pushing, I was just trying not to help it any! Hahaha! Well, it bought me a little time, but as soon as I was in the water, 3 pushes and he was out. Oh, and just for the record, he was over 10 lbs, and I only had a 1st degree tear.