Positions for Birth Lecture | 14:10

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  1. Sara Panek says:

    What is a good time for pushing? Obviously each body is different but is there a general rule of thumb on a good timeframe? For myself, I labored for 28 hours with my first and pushed for 30 minutes and tore (2nd degree); I release this to not knowing anything of what was going on or what I was doing. With my second labored for 11 hours and pushed for 6 minutes with no tearing.

    1. Lynn Schulte says:

      A good time for pushing is when the ejection reflex kicks in and the body starts doing it. If people have an epidural they might not feel the pushing happening and that is when labor staff starts directing the pushing. What happens sometimes is the body starts pushing, reflex kicks in and the doctor isn’t there or they don’t feel the cervix is fully dilated and they tell the mom to not push. This can be traumatizing to the body!

  2. I am a Midwife (in Australia) and the only time we use McRobert’s is for a shoulder dystocia or very large baby that is stuck, but only after trying hands and knees and other positions. It is a last resort and an emergency procedure.

    1. Lynn Schulte says:

      Caron, Thanks for this comment. I’m glad to know it’s only used sparingly!

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