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View Poll Results: How long did you push for your VBAC?
0-30 mins 30 29.70%
30 mins-1 hour 29 28.71%
1.5 hours 5 4.95%
2 hours 10 9.90%
2.5 6 5.94%
3 6 5.94%
3.5 2 1.98%
4 4 3.96%
4.5 1 0.99%
5 1 0.99%
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6 5 4.95%
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#1 of 49 Old 11-14-2008, 04:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Poll question: How long did you push for your VBAC? was it successful or did it fail? Please feel free to elaborate in the comments.


I was induced with my son at 37 weeks due to pre-e. I pushed for 3 hours and he wouldn't come out so I had a c-section. I've heard of women pushing 6 hours before, I couldn't have went that long I guess because of my blood pressure.

So far, this pregnancy has gone great, with no elevated BP or protein in urine, etc. So I am going to try for a VBAC. Also, what's the max a dr's generally let a woman push when having a vbac before they say you have to have another section?

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I pushed for 2 hours with my VBAC. For the last 20 minutes he was crowning, but it wasn't till my tailbone snapped out of the way that he shot out like a rocket! Still easier than my first labor, which was 4 hours with a posterior baby (and a C-section of course).
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I didn't vote as you're asking for VBACs. No section here but I pushed around 6 hours with dd and around 8 with ds. Either would have been a section had I been in the hospital.

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I also didn't vote since I didn't have a vbac but for my two kiddos, I pushed 3 1/2 hours for my ds (and had a vacuum extraction to get him out at the end), and 4 minutes for my dd, although I didn't really push, I just sort of pooped her out!
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I pushed for 17 minutes and did have a VBAC. It was easy to push without meds. With my first 2 births I had a hard time pushing after getting the epidurals. My doctor would have been fine letting me push for as long as I was willing and baby was ok.
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Pushed for 3 hrs with ds - result: successful VBAC! (yay!) After 48 hrs of labour I was exhausted. I don't know how much longer the dr would have "let" me continue pushing, but I'll tell ya, it felt like I was about at the very end of my reserves by that point. But then again, we can always surprise ourselves with our body's amazing capabilities!

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Two hours with my c-section baby and 2.5 hours with my VBAC baby. Maybe all I would have needed was that extra 1/2 hour with my first...

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Never went into labor with my c-section baby (he was breech). I pushed for about 1 hour with my VBAC daughter.

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Also, what's the max a dr's generally let a woman push when having a vbac before they say you have to have another section?
Really, quick, I pushed for 17 minutes and I attribute that to 'laboring down the baby' even though I was complete an hour before I started pushing, I didn't have the urge. She was still a +1 when I was complete but closer to a +2 before I pushed. With DD#1 I was sectioned before labor started, DD#2 was a HWBAC, so it was a first time labor, first time pushing.

With OB's and pushing time, this varies greatly. Some will go 2 hours, some will go 4 as long as mom and baby look good (monitoring). I've never heard of an OB allowing 6 hours of pushing, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone here has a story about it, I just haven't seen it. Some OB's will try forceps or vacuum prior to a repeat section depending on the situation. HTH.

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oops : i voted 0-30, but i didn't see that this was for vbacs until after i voted. i pushed for ten minutes, but dd was so low down that i felt pushy at 6cm with every contraction. by the time i was 10cm, i was REALLY ready to push after all that time of breathing through the intense feeling of needing to push.
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I've never heard of an OB allowing 6 hours of pushing, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone here has a story about it, I just haven't seen it. Some OB's will try forceps or vacuum prior to a repeat section depending on the situation. HTH.


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With my vbac I pushed maybe 30mins. With my new baby I pushed 2 hrs and ended up with another c/s but even if I'd continued pushing it would have ended the same with the way he was positioned he could not have come out vaginally.

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In my VBAC birth (my 2nd baby) I pushed for an hour.

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I pushed for 15 hours for my successful UBAC. That wasn't straight, some of that time was spent getting him unstuck & there was a couple of hours break after that where we went to sleep, but from the time transition hit & he started moving down, it was about 15 hours until he was born. & I got to go through transition twice. Fun.

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I pushed for something between 2 and 2 1/2 hours with my VBAC baby. I think it would have gone much faster had I not been afraid of pushing. I could tell I was going to tear from early on, and I was a bit freaked out by it. I finally had to just buckle down and do it anyway, and I did tear (though not really badly), but I totally didn't care at the time. I don't know why I was so afraid of it! I'll probably freak out this time too. Birth is fairly intense. Oh, well!

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there should be an "other". i didnt push with my 2nd VBAC. the first VBAC was over 2 hours but i was being coached. the 2nd vbac (4 weeks ago) was a hypnobirth and i did have a few involuntary pushes but very few and far between....total birth was only 4 hours though (initially i thought it was 6 but after looking at MW"s notes realized it was only 4..felt like forever! lol!).

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a little over 1.5 hours...it was successful.

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I pushed for around 25 minutes with my VBAC. I was so "in my zone" that I didn't even notice.

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Haven't had my VBAC yet, but in my attempted home-birth with DS#1, I pushed for 6 hours or so at home, then another hour once I got to the hospital (they were convinced he'd come out in no time!) Then I had the section - he was OP.

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DS was my first VBAC and I pushed with him for 35 minutes (after he was turned from a posterior position and I pushed with my feet over my head because of my pelvis shape). Naiya was my 2nd VBAC and with her I pushed for 4.5 hours before she came out.

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I didn't vote as you're asking for VBACs. No section here but I pushed around 6 hours with dd and around 8 with ds. Either would have been a section had I been in the hospital.

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wow, you are super lucky you didn't end up with a fistula, I pushed around 6 and got a super huge one and leaked urine for 6 months!
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wow, you are super lucky you didn't end up with a fistula, I pushed around 6 and got a super huge one and leaked urine for 6 months!
No problems at all. I've not read anything that links fistulas to length of time pushing. that's interesting.

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I pushed my VBAC baby out Posterior in 30 minutes. It was the proudest and one of the top best moments of my life.
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No problems at all. I've not read anything that links fistulas to length of time pushing. that's interesting.

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well it's the length of time the baby is engaged and has weight/(mainly from head) pushing down on the bladder or wherever the fistula develops. Which is why they are so "common" in 3rd world countries, mainly africa where some women labor for days and then as a result of the fistula they become a social outcast, it's really sad. So yeah, length of time spent pushing definitely plays into it.
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With my first unsuccessful vbac I pushed for about 2.5 hours, but I had been induced by AROM and DD was asynclictic. I ended up with another cesarean. I completely regret that whole hospital vbac experience. Their limit for pushing was 2 hours for a vbac mother. A whole 3 hours or so for a non-vbac mother.

My second vbac, an hba2c at my midwife's house, my water broke at 11:30 pm, I had about 30 minutes of totally intense contractions, then started pushing in the car and pushed for about 1.5 hours total, partly in the car, partly at my midwife's house in the tub. It was an awesome experience!

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With my first Vbac I pushed for almost exactly 3 hours. My second Vbac I pushed for 30 minutes.

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I pushed for about 30 minutes.... What helped was squatting and getting my dd down, then when she was really down I started pushing...

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45 minutes, I think. It didn't seem long at all compared to all the labour preceding it.

It was a successful VBAC.
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4.5 hours of pushing for my successful, unmedicated VBAC...68.5 total hours of ctx 5 min apart. Baby was posterior and had the cord around his neck. It was a 3 day yoga marathon!

Experiencing a natural, slow, steady labor was very exciting for me. With my first birth, my baby was in distress when I was only 1.5 cm dilated, so I agreed to a c/s.

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I had 30 minutes of involuntary pushing and about 15-20 minutes of real pushing. All in all totally short I think
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