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View Poll Results: Did you give birth quickly?
I am under 5'8" and pushed my baby out quickly. I had an epidural. 46 100.00%
I am under 5'8" and pushed my baby out quickly. I had NO epidural 90 100.00%
I am under 5'8" and it took a while to push my baby out. I had an epidural. 21 100.00%
I am under 5'8" and it took a while to push my baby out. I had NO epidural. 37 100.00%
I am 5'8" (or taller) and pushed my baby out quickly. I had an epidural. 15 100.00%
I am 5'8" (or taller) and pushed my baby out quickly. I had NO epidural. 41 100.00%
I am 5'8" (or taller) and it took a while to push my baby out. I had an epidural. 9 100.00%
I am 5'8" (or taller) and it took a while to push my baby out. I had NO epidural. 11 100.00%
Other -- please explain. 14 100.00%
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#61 of 81 Old 03-28-2007, 11:57 PM
 
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5'4" no epidural

Pushed for about 6 minutes, but hard... and tore. It hurt a lot and rather than push slow to stretch, I pushed hard to get it over with.

Labor was about 3 hr. 40 min, but I was 5 cm dilated before it started.
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I'm sorry I just messed up the poll by reading it wrong. I put that I pushed quickly WITH an epidural and that I pushed slowly WITH and epidural. I've never had an epidural. Each time was without an epidural.

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Other.

I'm 5'3", had an epidural, and did not push my baby out. After three hours of pushing during excruciating back labor, I had a c-section.
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I'm 5 foot 2 inches, pushed baby out quickly, and had an epidural with my first two pregnancys.

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great I love this poll

most women are under 5'8" this is so positive-- so far the poll shows that group to be the highest percentage with easy pushing
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DD1 was born at a FBC. I pushed less than 25 min. after 7 hours of labor total.
DD2 was born at home. I did everything I could to NOT push for about 15 minutes until my mw showed up...then a few pushes she was out. Obviously no drugs in either case.
I am 5'6".

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I am 5'10"
# 1 - I pushed for 1 1/2 hours
# 2 - I didn't push, he just came out!

ETA no drugs in either case

Both babies were the same size

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I'm 5'7 and dd's labor/birth was 40 hours total, 1.5 of which were spent pushing. I had no epidural. I'd say the pushing part was relatively easy and quicky, especially compared to the rest! I would not say I had an easy labor overall.

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I am five feet even and I pushed out four babies at home with no drugs at all. The first two were posterior, so it took a while for them, but not for the second two. They were six and seven pounds.

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I am 5'6" and pushed dd out in 12 minutes, no epidural, at home. 7.5 lbs baby
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I'm 5'4" and have short labours and push for 10-20 minutes with very large babies (10 - 11 lb). I've never had an epidural or any other pain meds.

I also have very small feet - which is supposedly an indicator of small pelvis.
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I'm 5'3" and pushed my HBAC baby out in less than 30 mins My labor was only a total of 4 hours, 56 mins
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Interesting observation. Care provides "observe" different phenomena, and often opposing phenomena, lol. Most women are under 5'8" though so that will be reflected in the poll results.
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ok so what I like with this poll-- so far short or tall- about 81% of women pushed their baby out quickly!!!!
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I'm 5'1. First labour- 36+ hours. Epidural. Pushed maybe ten minutes.
Second- 12 hours. No epi. Pushed less than 5 mins.

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It's complete bull. It has nothing to do with height.

My cousin in law is teensy... think 98 lbs and around 4'2". Even before she got pregnant people were telling her she'd have to have a C-section. (@@)

She ended up birthing an almost nine lb son in around four hours with NO tearing whatsoever. This was also her first.
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I'm 5'3"
My first baby was flat on my back in the hospital with an epidural. She took just under 50min to push out, including the pause so my OB could cut an episiotomy

My 2nd baby was born with no drugs and took 11min of pushing, with the midwife encouraging me to slow down for the sake of my perineum

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Darn! I picked the wrong one!!

I misread the options and chose that I was under 5'8 and pushed easily with an epidural...

OOPS! I NEVER had an epidural and I pushed both of my babies out easily. I am 5'4.
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I am 5'6"
my 1st VBAC- long labor 3 + hours of pushing
vbac 2 - no pushing. she pretty much slid out on her own.

Both were au naturel

I didn't grow or shrink in the 2.5 years between their births!

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5'0"

Baby 1 - 4 hours 15 minutes of pushing (malpositioned, pitocin, epidural, vaccuum extraction)

Baby 2 - 7 minutes (completely natural)
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guess I should clarify that my labors were very long (50+ hours) and then (19 hours) - but the pushing stage was only 20 minutes for #1 and 4 contractions for #2. didn't know if they differentiated this...I took a long time to dilate - very little time to push the babies out.
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