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i pushed for 2 hours with ds and i just found out that a colleague of dh's got her dd out with 4 pushes...is this possible? tell me your pushing story.

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ds1 I pushed for 2-3 hours -hospital with an epi
ds2 I pushed for about 15 minutes -hospital with an epi
ds3 I pushed less than 20 seconds -home birth

I have friends who have done it natural and with drugs and some pushed for a long time and some very little. I think it just depends on the person.
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I don't know exactly. I wasn't even aware I was pushing until my DH saw dd's head start to crown. I may have been pushing for 1/2 an hour or so in "laborland time." After I finally realized dd was actually crowning, I was very motivated to actively push and she was out in maybe 4 or 5 pushes.

I can't say for sure, though because I wasn't paying attention and wasn't even aware of most of it.
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number 1, 30 minutes
number 2 40 minutes (go figure, this is what I get for people telling me wow only 30 minutes of pushing for number one number 2 will fall right out)

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2.5 hours and then she was "helped" along with vacuum extraction. No epidural. The whole labor was 25.5 hours and I think I was just dead tired and not pushing very effectively by that time. Also, I was having "rolling contractions," (what my midwife called them) meaning they were coming with little or no break between them, so I was wanting to push constantly but I was so exhausted and I was wasn't breathing in enough oxygen because I was pushing so much.

I sincerely hope that #2 is not a repeat of that.
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50 minutes with #1! And she's my only, so far.

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ds1 hospital - natural - 15 min.

ds2 hospital - natural - 4 pushes
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4 hours. Although it wasn't as bad as it sounds. Like a PP mentioned, I really had no awareness of time passing. I was surprised to find out it had been so long.
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# 1 hospital epidural 30 minutes
# 2 birthcenter natural 30 minutes (although my labor was only 3 hours including pushing, with #1 it was 16 hours)
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#1 birth center, no drugs, episiotomy = 5 hours (posterior babe, so much of that time was trying to turn)
#2 birth center, natural = 1 hour
#3 home = less than an hour, but only pushing once in a while, not every ctx

My cousin (hosp w/ epidural) said his wife pushed only 10 minutes with her first, and my thought was maybe she didn't feel the baby descending, or the urge to push and only started pushing when babe was almost out anyway, versus my pushing as soon as I felt the urge (9.5 cm)?
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Something between 1 hr and 1.5 hrs.... I wasn't paying attention too closely. Looking back, I realize that I probably started pushing a little too early. I didn't have an urge to push with the first contractions-- when the "real" pushing contractions started they were markedly different. This time I plan to wait until I can't NOT push.
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I had a natural water birth in a birth center. I pushed 5 times.
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#1= hospital birth with epi, 10#baby, laying on my back, 40mn
#2=unmedicated birth on my side, 5mn
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1st dd=natural, pushed 10-15 minutes (8 lbs 14 oz. baby)
2nd dd= natural, pushed for about 2 minutes (7 lbs. 7 oz. baby)

Both times I had the urge to push for a period before I did push, but was waiting for the doctor. Good thing I did wait too, I think!!
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I pushed 20 minutes, natural birth, in a hospital with a 5lb 13 oz. baby. I don't remember how many times, but I know it was only 20 minutes, and DS also was "helped" with vaccum (sp?) b/c his heart rate kept dipping below 100 according to the hospital staff...

I have a lot of expectations desires for #2 being different in a birthing center rather than a hospital, but do hope the pushing stage is also quick!

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With my 1st I pushed for 30mins. She was only 6lbs 12oz which is why I thought my next one took an entire torturous 2.5 hours- he was 8lbs 13oz. I thought his larger size had made the difference. But my 3rd was also 8lbs 13oz & I pushed for 30mins again. All unmedicated hospital births.

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100% natural, 24 minutes.
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Ayla was 8lbs 13oz, natural, pushed for 2.5 hours after a 26 hour labour. Had a third degree tear...

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10 min. Vaccuum assisted but I still wonder if the dang thing was really needed or if I would have done it even faster squatting. And to think, I declined squatting when my midwife gave me the option because I had heard it can increase you risk of tearing occaisionally. Well, so does a vaccuum!! Wish I would have squatted instead........oh well, dang hindsight.
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About 40 minutes of pushing with DS1. There was a clock within my view so I could see how much time had passed.

DS2 almost came flying out. I didn't look at the clock this time, but I pushed through about 3 contractions and he was out. It was great!!!
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over 4 hours. (it felt like less. i was definitely in "labor land.")
total labor was about 36 hours, all at home.

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#1-hospital, pit induction, no epidural or coached/forced pushing--20 minutes. Slower would have been nice because I tore quite a bit and had lots of stitches!

#2 (not that you asked, LOL)-home, all natural, 8 minutes of pushing. I waited until I couldn't *not* push that time. Funny thing about that laborland, I felt like I was pushing for hours and I thought "Why is this taking so long, it was only 20 minutes last time?" and then it was only really 8 minutes...
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About 20 minutes of pushing with an emergency episiotomy at the last push b/c of heart worries. She was fully crowned already and stretching me out slowly, and getting some oil/massage so I wouldn't tear when she started to go downhill fast. I only pushed 5 times in those 20 minutes. She was born perfectly fine with high APGARS, so no cutting was probably necessary. : She would have been born with the next push anyway.

My second one came out in just a few pushes. She basically moved herself to the opening and I just pushed her out as a formality. Or that's how it felt then.

Both babies were in the 7 pound range and I was in the traditional hospital position during delivery.

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Pitocin in the hospital and she was out in 4 pushes. No tears either!
Oh she was 8lbs 2 oz. 20 inches long. With a 33 1/2 cm head, 33 cm chest, 32 cm abdomen
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Well, I guess it depends on what you consider "pushing." I was flat on my back because they wanted to slow things down so I could get the last of the antibiotics. My body was basically pushing instinctively during that time. Then they sat me up, pulled out the stirrups, and said "Okay, you can push now." Once I sat up, the baby was out in a few pushes. If you count the flat-on-my-back time, it was maybe 20 minutes total. I wish it would've gone a little slower, though, since I ended up with a 3rd degree tear.

I was hooked up to an IV and monitors, but no meds.

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All natural, 1 hr on all fours (head was visible), then the OB made me get on my back (rather, she told me she would be out in 2 pushes if I got on my back b/c it would open my pelvis up : ), then pushed on my back for another 2 hours. But it didn't really seem like that long. No tears.

If I had it to do over again I would have stayed on all fours and told her to deal.

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1st birth: almost three hours
2nd birth: 12 minutes
3rd birth: 6 minutes
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My first, I had a water birth at a birth center and pushed for 15 min.

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1st babe at home: 2-3 pushes

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About 4 hours (probably a bit more) with my first. Her positioning was poor. It was a completely unmedicated/natural birth.

My second was only a few minutes/pushes (my body did all the work on that one - I didn't even have to try to push).

I've had 2 or 3 friends who gave birth naturally and only pushed for 5-10 minutes with their first baby. I think it all depends on the position of the baby and the mother (and the mother's position while pushing too).

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