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DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011
'So just because you hit 10 (even with no lip) doesn't mean its time to push yet. Just let your body do the work its trying to do. (((hugs)))"
No advice about your current situation (other than the go in pushing mantra) , but I so agree with this. After 5 babies I have pretty much thrown the "rule of 10" into the pile of that has been fed to us.
For me, I have to push *before* 10. My last birth I got to 8 and had no problems with birthing her. With my second birth I was at 9 with a lip and swelled because her head was turned funny. (This ended in a non-emergency transport, drugged, vag birth.) My other three births were all a huge struggle to keep from pushing when I felt like I needed to before I reached the magical "10". And ya know, I have been studying natural birth for 10 years and this pregnancy is the first time I read in print that a woman could dilate past 10. It was a big moment for me.
Anyway, just saying that your body isn't defective.
turtlewomyn, I would be careful with stats---it's possible to massage the figures both ways. A midwife might (not saying the one you know does, but I do know MWs/OBs who do things like this) get good stats by being ruthless with risking out. If you start with a great pool of candidates, your rates are likely to be high. My red flags go up for any stats which are far off average.
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