So my best friend had her first son about 2 weeks ago and I was privileged enough to witness it.
I got to hospital just as she hit 5cm dilated and her body started involuntarily pushing. Anyone that has had this urge knows how impossible it is to NOT push through every contraction.
An hour later she ended up getting an epidural as it was the only was to get her to stop pushing and the midwives were saying that it damages the cervix if you push on it when you aren't even near 10cm. Bub was only born 5 hours after epi so I can't imagine what it would have been like without it.
But my friend wanted a drug free birth initially so my question is, how would you get past this sort of event if you wanted a drug free birth? I was lucky enough to only get the urge about an hour before fully dilated so they basically just let me.