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#91 of 105 Old 03-24-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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#1 stirrups, on back, long labor, at 8 cm cervix swelled instead of dilating and stayed like that for 10 hours... ended up with "light" epidural and pitocin ---don''t ask : (

#2 in bathtub at home. My mom got cold feet at the last minute about an actual water birth, so I turned over on hands and knees.

No I personally don't feel that a semi-sitting position would be comfy for me.

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wow, what a diverse crowd. I labored on hands and knees for about two hours, 30 min in car, 23 minutes in hospital. Delivered DD 23 mins after arrival with DH, midwife, and nurse. I planned on sqatting but the pressure was too much, so on my side worked great.
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I was in hospital with a good midwife; I had been thinking I would give birth standing or squatting but when the time came I was tired and also felt like I needed to slow things down a bit so I pushed him out on my left side, upper body semi reclined, with my left leg in the air. (Lots of help from DH and two friends with that position!) No tearing at all, he was 8 lbs 5 oz and I pushed for 45 minutes.

I don't think I could ever do it semi-sitting, anytime I was in that position in my entire labor my tailbone hurt like crazy.
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1st birth - On my back, in stirrups.

2nd birth - LOL, flat on my stomach.

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2nd birth - LOL, flat on my stomach.
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Whhhhhaaaaa...?? That's a new one! Tell us about it!
I had been standing for awhile, then went to hands and knees on my bed, then I just became so exhausted, and was sweating so much (very slippery), that I just couldn't stay in that position, and I just kinda laid flat. My legs were even together, and my husband said, "Nicole, you're going to need to move!" I said I couldn't, and he said, "At least your legs. The baby can't get out." And he had to move my legs for me. Hahaha! Pushing seriously wore me out!

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Long labor, mainly on my hands and knees in a birth tub. Pushed sitting backwards on the toilet for quite a while, then got back in the tub and gave birth on my hands and knees. There is NO WAY I could have been on my back. YEEEEOW!

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Ok for birth #4 I gave birth on my back again. I guess it was slightly reclined since I had my baby in the backseat of the car . It was all I could think to do considering it wasn't a huge space. I prefer to labor standing. In the car I did my best to be in a modified standing position for contractions.

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I gave birth in the semi-reclining position as well. It worked for me. I tried many other positions with out getting anywhere.
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I had been standing for awhile, then went to hands and knees on my bed, then I just became so exhausted, and was sweating so much (very slippery), that I just couldn't stay in that position, and I just kinda laid flat. My legs were even together, and my husband said, "Nicole, you're going to need to move!" I said I couldn't, and he said, "At least your legs. The baby can't get out." And he had to move my legs for me. Hahaha! Pushing seriously wore me out!
Wow! "At least your legs" Hee!

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#1 - semi-reclined. It took me awhile to understand how to push and somehow this was the position where I "got it". Any other position and I pushed with my legs. Let me tell you, that does nothing at all to bring a baby out. I had a pretty good-sized baby (9 pounds 8 oz) who came out w/his hand by his face and I tore fairly badly. His clavicle also broke. This was a no intervention hospital birth.

#2 - On my back - YES, sometimes it works! My plans to birth standing or squatting in the birth center went out the window when my blood pressure went sky high. I also had to have pitocin because of the blood pressure situation. When it came time to push, my midwife had me lie flat on my back with my legs supported in a squatting position - so like a tipped-over squat. I had to trust her a LOT to do this, but it worked! I pushed my 9 pound 10 oz baby girl out in less than 10 minutes with just a skid mark and no broken clavicle. Apparently in this position gravity can help the baby move around the pelvic bone.

For awhile I felt a bit bad that I would never give birth while squatting. But why? I had two great births, the second one under pretty difficult conditions. I'm glad I had learned to roll with the unexpected - I sort of expect my daughter will continue to teach me that!
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Regular old semi-reclined here. I can't imagine being on my hands and knees, I don't think I would have liked that at all.
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I was kinda squating/semi reclinning in a birthing tub. I also only pushed for about 5 min. It whent so fast, I didn't really 'decide' anything, I just kinda jumped in the tub and pushed her out where I landed

If I had more time to try different possitions, I think i would have ended up on hands and knees, or squatting.

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I was sitting upright on a birth stool, which was a bit too high, so I had one leg up on the midwife and one either up on the bed or on the floor.
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Birth #1- didn't get anywhere near this stage
Birth #2- squatting, then laying on side, then on all fours (bingo!)

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