I just got my medical records from my pregnancy and birth with DS. Ladies please take note. Don't push until you and the staff are certain your fully dilated. I had a stupid midwife that said if I felt like pushing to go ahead and push. She watched me pushing for about 2 hrs and when my ob came in and said well it looks like we can start pushing I almost screamed. Pushing when i was obly 9cm put so much pressure on him ( not to mention exhausting especially as I went completely drug free) and so much so he had to be revived once he was born. I can remember him having to get oxygen but didn't realise it was as bad as it was. The other thing I didn't know was that the cord was wrapped around his neck and had to be cut while still inside. Pushing for so long would have made this even worse. I'm even more grateful now to have my little angel and that the only bad side effect was the nice tear. I will definitely ask more questions this time and won't push till I'm certain I'm ready too.
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