|View Poll Results: For your first birth, how long did you push?|
|Less than 10 minutes||72||14.23%|
|30 minutes to an hour||82||16.21%|
|12 hours or more||8||1.58%|
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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.
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!!!
Jen - 29, part-time LDRP RN and Birth Consultant. DH - 33. Married since 2006. 3/09. DD 2010. Expecting a surprise new one in May 2014!
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)
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.
ahhh to be able to think well enough to create a clever signature. someday i will have enough sleep to accomplish this task...
Janae, mama to X (1/09) & X (7/11) and wife to J (since 9/96!) Homebirthing, cloth diapering, baby (and toddler) wearing, co-sleeping, lactivist, intactivist.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
L'lee ~ C ~ E May, 2006 ~ R12/29/2011!
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.
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!
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.
At home amongst the redwoods with my husband and my son, born 7/5/11, and #2 due in October 2015 Instant CNM, just add !
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.
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.
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)
Kailey 8.1.06 Midwife - Hospital
Nola 3.20.09 Midwife - Homebirth
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