I found this site (here's the link: http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/birth-positions.html) and really enjoyed going through everything and educating myself. Every labor I've been involved in with friends and family has been the same, epidural, episiotomy, then they have them lay back, pull their legs back as much as possible, and "bear down". This all just sounds awful to me :/ There HAS to be other ways that work well with pushing out your little one.
The link I put gives like 3 different positions for pushing and all seem unpractical and kind of awkward to be honest. One was squatting (sounds painful), another was on all fours which seems weird on a hospital floor, then the last one was on your side which sounds the most comfortable, but they mention that's the slowest way to push your baby out.
Are there any other ways to push a baby out that will avoid tearing? I was considering a water birth because I do want to deliver naturally and have heard that the water calms you and also helps "lube" up everything which makes for a smoother birth and you're less likely to tear. My main goal is to make it through the labor without pain medication and to try to deliver without any cutting or tearing. We have to pay for the delivery and the longer we're at the hospital, the more it is. I'd like to bounce back the best that I can and get home with our baby girl.
Answer by MrsMWF at 12:46 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
Answer by Kimimale at 12:46 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 12:51 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
Answer by fancyjane at 12:53 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
On my side, and it was not the slowest way for me. It took a lot of pressure off and felt SO much better.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 12:55 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
Answer by MichaelsMom330 at 12:55 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 12:55 PM on Feb. 28, 2011
And since you have to pay, have you asked the hospital how long you AND baby are required to be there?
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 12:56 PM on Feb. 28, 2011