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.
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07-12-2012 11:41 #1
07-12-2012 12:12 #2
this maybe tmi.
i started pushing at 6cm.
there was no epi available at the hospital i was at. so the midwife stuck her hands in and stretched my cervix around babies head... very painful birth, very painful healing process.
baby came out blue, he had something wrong with his breathing. but healthy baby now
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07-12-2012 12:31 #3
If it came down to my preference for a drug free birth or the health/wellbeing of my baby and body - I know what I would choose.
Pushing at 5cm I would imagine could potentially cause a lot of damage to the mummy I'd much rather take the drugs and avoid that risk.
I didn't want drugs and ended up with an epi (long story), I was disappointed for first few weeks afterwards. But now 15mths on I'm fine with it, bub was healthy and that's all that matters.
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07-12-2012 16:33 #6Senior Member
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In which position did she labour? Often it can be as simple as moving in to a position that takes the pressure off the cervix that alleviates the desire to push, sometimes getting in to deep water or being shown how to breathe the contraction out rather than pushing...
lots of different tricks that traditional midwives use outside of pharmaceutical drugs.
What methods did the midwives suggest?
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07-12-2012 16:59 #7Senior Member
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i was going to post similar to melissa.r, getting into water can help you breathe rather than push.
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Yep, I had that happen, too. Fortunately it wasn't long before I was ready - I was fully dilated with a little lip overhang. The nurses were telling me to stop pushing, but all I could manage was to tell them, "I can't NOT push!!" But I suppose doing a different position could help, although I'd be afraid bub would "fall" out of position:/
07-12-2012 19:46 #9
She was hooked up to a million things because she had pre-eclampsia but the middies got her on all fours. It still didn't help so epi it was!
I just imagined there would be more than one way to deal with it as I'm sure this has happened to millions of people in the last few thousand years lol.
With all do respect Pesca77, I didn't ask whether people want a drug free birth over a healthy baby. I asked if there are ways around early pushing so that people who do want a drug free birth can still have one without any ill effects on themselves.
08-12-2012 10:01 #10
I was simply trying to explain that she (and anyone else) shouldn't be hard on themselves for having drugs in that situation, that if it was a choice between her 'preference' and a healthy baby, that she made the right decision. That's all....
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