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"Purple pushing" can be dangerous to the baby, as it decreases its oxygen intake. Just like that hyper-pant breathing taught in Lamaze classes.
Most women, when allowed to push uninhibited, push several times during each contraction. They gulp in some air, bear down, breathe deep again, bear down until they need more air... etc. Some women don't get the urge to push, or their bodies give them a nice rest between their labor's transition and the pushing phase, then the contractions and the urge to bear down occurs.
The uterus will get the baby out, whether one pushes or not. But the majority of women can't help BUT push when they're unmedicated.... it's an uncontrollable reflex that also seems to decrease the pain of the contraction.