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cynthia mosher 01-18-2014 12:58 AM

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Having a discussion with friends I was a bit surprised at how long some of them pushed with their first birth. I have had precipitious labor with all of mine so I'm sort of an outlier and maybe contributes to my quick second stage of labor too. So I thought I'd ask all of you to see what the average is for Mothering moms. :love

annlea 01-18-2014 02:12 AM

Took me an hour to get my first one out!

JenRN 01-18-2014 04:39 AM

I pushed for 2.5 hours. DD was OP/asynclitic when I began pushing, and finally turned during pushing. That, and the fact she was 9.5 pounds with a 15 inch head, is why I think I had to push so long. I am TRULY hoping I don't have to push that long with this one!!!

mamashanti 01-18-2014 08:15 AM

I voted 4-6.... because i didn't push continuously while trying at home, but I'd say it was probably an hour total before I gave up and went to the hospital . My baby was in a bad position, asynclitic and I suspect OP but rotated because I had horrible back labor the whole time, and i had a swollen cervix and lip that wouldn't budge... so I pushed and pushed and nothing happened for awhile except for more pain. At the hospital I pushed pretty continuously from 4pm-7:30pm when she was born. 3.5 hours of serious pushing, an hour and a half or so with experimenting with it. hopefully next time it's like 15 minutes. I cannot do that again. I busted blood vessels in my eyes and I was sore and my face was swollen for a week, no exaggeration. I was FORCED on my back, so that probably contributed to it taking so long. If I had been upright with gravity... who knows, maybe half the time?? I had an almost 9 lb baby with a huge head (93rd percentile)

fruitfulmomma 01-18-2014 08:23 AM

I think it was about 45 minutes. I had a long labor though - 36 hours total.

kungfumoose 01-18-2014 08:38 PM

My first 2 children were born by emergency c-section, and I never got to the pushing stage (or even past 6cm) but my third was a VBAC, and my first vaginal birth. I pushed for less than 9 minutes. No one is sure exactly how long, because it happened so fast we didn't check the time, but the doctor said it was definitely less than 9 minutes. It was only 3 contractions of pushing. Crazy fast!!

philomom 01-18-2014 09:57 PM

Twenty minutes with daughter.

Three pushes total for our son two years later. I was standing up for his birth.

nameisrio 01-20-2014 10:15 AM

30 minutes - no epidural to slow things down. smile.gif

Infinitania 01-20-2014 10:20 AM

3 hours.  Home water birth with lots of moving around.  There was very little pain but progress was slow, steady but slow.  His hand was up by his head which is likely what was contributing but the mw were also just letting things go at my pace, very relaxed & I didn't tear.

tourist. 01-20-2014 10:21 AM

2.5 hours with my first (at home, no epidural).

Talena Krull 01-20-2014 10:21 AM

I have long labors and push a long time as well. my first it was over 2 hours, my second was 1 1/2 hours and my 3rd was over 2 hours again. I'm expecting number 4 and am (stupidly) hoping it will be short and sweet this time around. wink1.gif

happymama28 01-20-2014 10:24 AM

Labor was 10 hours long and I pushed for 5-1/2 hours. My contractions suddenly began 1-2 minutes apart and never slowed down. It was like sprinting a marathon.

msella 01-20-2014 10:26 AM

This will sound nuts to some I am certain, but I did not push- at all with either of my daughters. My body literally expelled them from my body, and no effort was required of me other than being a part of the process. Both were vaginal, drug free midwife assisted births. 3 hours of labor for the first and then 2 hours of labor. But I did nothing but hand myself over to the process... it sounds crazy even now. But I never pushed at all.

aelfie 01-20-2014 10:30 AM

Birth 1: 45 minutes

Birth 2 (Twin A) Two pushes

Birth 3 (Twin B) Push and a half (should of been 1 push but the doc had me stop so she could get a grip on her she flew out so fast)

Birth 4: 2 pushes (9lb baby...big boy! It took two so I wouldn't rip)

zoeline 01-20-2014 10:31 AM

I pushed for a little over four hours total, 36 hour labor.  Two different two hour episodes of pushing at home and then more after I was transferred to the hospital.  Baby girl's head wasn't in the right position so I stayed stuck at 9 cm for hours.  She was finally born with the help of forceps--9 lb 15 oz.  After all that I am not convinced she needs siblings.

jihan 01-20-2014 10:46 AM

6 hours in an assisted home birth.  My son failed to engage and apparently his umbilical was too short - a scant 13", and it was wrapped around his neck (from what my husband tells me).  We tried all sorts of positions, but it was sitting in a birthing stool that ultimately brought him out.  Total of 20 hours of labor.

runbeck1 01-20-2014 10:46 AM

I pushed for 45 minutes after about 13 hours of labor.

3lilchunklins 01-20-2014 10:48 AM

10 minutes right on the dot LOL

L'lee 01-20-2014 10:51 AM

Baby 1: 2 hours (but my contractions were spaced pretty far apart at that point, so maybe a dozen or so contractions? 15 - 20 min of actual pushing?) - I said 1-2 hrs in the poll.

Baby 2: No pushes - precipitous labor was about 2 1/2 hours and I was holding her in as the MW arrived and my next contraction she just slid right out.

Baby 3: 2 pushes (so maybe 10 minutes, 1 or 2 of which were actually pushing?) - first got him in position, second got him out.

tresleo 01-20-2014 10:52 AM

Three pushes. 


First one I yelled during, and was told to lay down and stop screaming - then the resident cut an episiotomy, with no warning. And my mom later voiced how she was upset I bled on her purse on the chair across the room. 


Second for the head, and third for the body. 

jditrimares 01-20-2014 10:57 AM

I pushed for 5 hours before my midwife suggested that the baby was probably in military position and that we might need to transfer to the hospital. Then we tried at home for a couple more hours before I gave up, and with me sobbing, we went to the hospital. I reluctantly had an epi and pitocin, The epi helped open my pelvis and the pitocin helped my contractions strengthen (at this point I had been awake for more than 48 hours) and she FINALLY moved down from a 0 position to a +3.5. I got two hours of sleep after the epi and she was vacuum extracted (with another 20 minutes of pushing) at 8:10 am . I was fully dilated and pushing at 8:45pm the night before! So that's almost 12 hours since the first push. I was EXHAUSTED. My face hurt. I'm sincerely hoping that our next baby, due this April comes out in 2 pushes! 

MamaKuma 01-20-2014 11:54 AM

I only pushed the length of seven rushes. After sixteen hours of back labour, I was glad that part went quickly!

Katie8681 01-20-2014 12:07 PM

I put 10-30 but thinking back, probably less than 10. I had a second stage like being strapped to the front of a jetplane. :)  I remember 4 distinct humongous involuntary pushes. Yikes!  I dunno how you ladies that push 2+hrs do it. Much respect.

lesleyrae 01-20-2014 12:09 PM

My first (2) births were twins, a scheduled C-section for large, breech twins. No labor at all. My first VBAC, labor was about 17 hours. I pushed for about 16 minutes. She was 9 lb 6 oz, and had her hand up by her face. I tore a lot. My second VBAC, labor was about 28 hours but only one hour at the hospital. I squatted with the bar and pushed for about 10 minutes (maybe 3 pushes?). He was 8 lb 14 oz, and I still tore, but less.

Viola 01-20-2014 12:32 PM

An hour and 45 minutes, although I didn't push the whole time.  And much of the time I was pushing, it was awful because I had an epidural and couldn't feel anything.  Somehow she turned from posterior to anterior, and the epidural got turned off so I could feel stuff, and then she came out pretty quickly after that.

JenniferKS 01-20-2014 01:18 PM

If I remember right all four of mine fell between 15 and 30 minutes. I wanted to vote but didn't see how - poll must be closed?

PreggoInLove 01-20-2014 01:28 PM

dd1 - 50 minutes (hospital, epidural, on my back)

dd2 - 60 seconds I think, 3 very quick "I'M DONE WITH THIS" pushes and she was out (homebirth, pushed on birthing stool)

CTri17 01-20-2014 01:33 PM

1 hour and 15 min with DD1

20 min with DD2

squiggles 01-20-2014 01:40 PM

My labor/delivery was unexpectedly fast. First mild cramps around 3am. Water broke around 11am. Around noon I was only 1-2 cm. Was admitted to hospital around 2pm because of broken water. When Dr got there around 5pm I was 10cm. Approximately 12 pushes over 10 mins or so and my little angel was born at 528 pm smile.gif no pain meds like I planned, just iv fluids per hospital policy and antibiotics because gbs +. Had to go under anesthesia after tho because of retained placenta.

pamelaweichmann 01-20-2014 01:42 PM

I pushed as hard as I could for 2 hours. I was supposed to do the hypnobirthing technique of breathing the baby down but that was not working. My baby was born on thursday. My contractions began on Tuesday. It was a long labor!

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