My 1st was born while I was laying on my side and the bed was was raised almost to verticle. 15 minutes of pushing with obnoxious counting, no tear, 5#11oz
2nd, hands and knees, 11 minutes of pushing, no counting coachiong , no tear but a skid mark (like a scrape - from her big melon), 9#3oz
Third, hands and knees, 2 minutes of pushing, baby had descended 2 minutes earlier, weighed 7#5oz and thanks to the heroic efforts of my midwife in a less than ideal situation and her extreme knowledgeof what to do to keepa woman from tearing, even though there was no gentle gradual stretching or slow pushing i escaped with out so much as a skid mark thankyouverymuch
She told me what she did but I was foggy. I just remember being really impressed (somehting about supporting the perineum, counter pressure, not massage, I forget). When my dh tells that birth story it is al about Lisa. You would think i wasn't eventhere :LOL Oh well at least after three he was finally impressed. HA!
Anyway, completely sold on the hands and knees postion which I thought was complete lunacy the first time Iheard about it. And I was into alternative birthing positions.