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I keep hearing about women who push either for 15 min or 3 hours. Is there a "normal" or "average" time that women push for? How long did the pushing phase take for you?

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Old 02-08-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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The longest I have ever pushed for any of my children was 20 minutes. The shortest was 3 pushes. (7cm to birth in 15 minutes)
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I pushed somewhere around 6 hours.

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a very short time - maybe 8-10 minutes and pop! there she was!
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10 mins with my first and less than five with my second/

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Around 3hrs with the first, but only 5-10 min with the rest of them. I think that's pretty common to push really long with the first and a lot less with later babies. But some women have a long or short pushing stage regardless of what number baby it is. I think it's important to remember that averages are just averages and we're all very different. There's no right or wrong here. With #1 I felt like I was somehow less "good at" birthing b/c some of my friends only pushed 20 min w/ baby #1. But I realize now that's stupid. It's good to *hear* about other mamas experiences but it's not good to compare ourselves by any value judgement, ykwim.
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15 minutes or less with each of my 4.
I have a good friend that pushed for 6 with her first and 20 miniutes with her second and another friend that pushed for 4.5 with #1 and 2.5 with #2.

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Three hours before getting a c-section, so that may not be what you're interested in knowing.

My mom pushed *once* with me. I was the second child ... I don't know how long she pushed with my brother.

My MIL was in labor for 50+ hours with my husband. I don't know how much of that was pushing, but it was quite a few hours. He came out looking squished and so ugly she burst out crying.
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My MIL was in labor for 50+ hours with my husband. I don't know how much of that was pushing, but it was quite a few hours. He came out looking squished and so ugly she burst out crying.
I assume he got cuter over time??? :
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I pushed about 1 hour, no episiotomy and no tear and baby had a HUGE head ( she was in the 100 percentile for head circumference...OUCH)
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4 1/2 hourse for me (luckily homebirth or it would have been a c-section) but DS was ROT.
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#1 - about 45 minutes from water breaking/urge to push until birth. He was partly posterior and it took a bit for him to come around.

#2 - 1 push. Maybe 2. Exact details are a bit blurry because it happened fast and surprised me. She was not posterior.

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I pushed for 2 hours with my first and tore really bad. With my second, I pushed once and she was totally out. I hope my 3rd goes that well.

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Don't know exactly but around 20 minutes, I think. ds was at zero station before I went into labor: my theory is lots of squatting, yoga and optimal fetal positioning obsession during pg...

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first kid, c/s that didn't get to pushing.
second kid, 8lb, 1 hr, 38 min
third kid, 9lb, 3oz, 1 hr 27 min

I could REALLY do w/out pushing -- I stink at it! Good luck to you!
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Four hours with my firsts and only so far. That is a long time to push, and I was on the verge on a hospital transfer. I guess I was only "effectively" for 3 hours. It was really hard, but the time flies, and it was still a wonderful birth. Hope the next is easier! Hope yours goes smoothly.
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2 hours ... that was 18 years ago ... (fun reminiscing as we just celebrated this anniversary 2 days ago)

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I think about 15-20 minutes for both births.

Both of my babies were 8 lbs on the dot when born. I had home waterbirths with a mw.
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First baby-8 minutes- Dr. didn't have time to put his gloves on

He was 8lbs. 9 oz.
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30 minutes but I had a loooooong labor.

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#1 - 2 hours - and he was only 5 lb 12 oz.
#2 - I can't really remember - they kept saying "don't push - doctor's not here" "don't push - doctor's not wearing gloves". I didn't care about that, but I didn't want her to come too fast and tear me. I was trying to not push. Dh says it took 2 contractions.

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With DD1, I think i pushed about an hour.

DD2 was out in 3 pushes.

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6 hours for my first and only.

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1st: 30 min
2nd-4th: 15 min or less each
5th and 6th twice and one time each.

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I assume he got cuter over time??? :
Well, I think so, but I've seen that newborn picture and he was pretty dang ugly!
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Two hours for the first and 6 minutes for the guy coming right after
I'm sure it helped that he was a whole pound smaller too!
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20 minutes for my first and 20-25 minutes for my second.
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20 minutes for 1st, then had c/s

2nd baby (HBAC) pushed for a total of about 3 hours (2 hours of pushing followed by an hour of laboring down, resting and climbing stairs to help baby move down, then another hour of pushing).
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first was maybe 15 min was when i wanted to same with second but it was longer pushed for about 40 min but that was me just getting mad and pushing him out with out contractions (but that is a long story)
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I actually never pushed. I kinda 'breathed' them all out. It's hard tp descibe. it was kind of involuntary pushing and I just tried to let it happen.
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