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  #1  
January 6th, 2009, 08:30 PM
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What are your feelings on both methods?

I am willing to try the breathing the baby down, but having given birth twice before.... I am not sure I can resist the urge I had to push. I still have some reading to do on both methods, but was looking for some input from you ladies
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January 6th, 2009, 08:38 PM
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I did both for both my boys. I breathed them down until I got to the point of not being able to resist the urge to push anymore and then I pushed. For both of them it only took a couple pushes and they were out because I had breathed them most of the way down already. For my first it was not my choice--I went faster than my ob thought I would and I wasn't allowed to push yet because they weren't ready. For my second it was my own choice to do things the way I did.

I just couldn't get past that urge to push to breathe them completely out. It worked out well though and will probably do the same thing next time.
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January 6th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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With my first two I pushed, with my third I breathed him down untill he was crowning then pushed. I don't think I could have done it if I didn't have him in the water, it helped me relax and think more clearly.

ETA. I think that breathing down was a much more effective way of getting baby down.
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January 6th, 2009, 10:30 PM
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I didn't have time to think about it... I guess I probably 'breathed down" Courtney, but really I was hyperventilating I didn't push at all until my body kicked in on its own. Courtney was delivered in 3 minutes, Nola in less than 1.
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January 7th, 2009, 06:19 AM
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What is this breathing down? I've never heard of it.
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January 7th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Laboring down is beneficial in preventing tears, but pushing is still important. The best way is to labor down untill you have an irresistable urge, then to push. I rarely see big tears with this method.

Jackie- laboring down is just dealing with the contractions same as you have been, even if you're fully dilated. You wait to push till it is irresistable.
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January 7th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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Thanks so much for asking this question. This is a topic I have not yet done much research on, so it was great reading your experiences.
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January 7th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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Laboring down is beneficial in preventing tears, but pushing is still important. The best way is to labor down untill you have an irresistable urge, then to push. I rarely see big tears with this method.

Jackie- laboring down is just dealing with the contractions same as you have been, even if you're fully dilated. You wait to push till it is irresistable.[/b]
cool, thanks for the explanation! I guess then I did with both girls. I never pushed until my body kicked in.
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January 7th, 2009, 10:05 AM
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no problem.

Most unmedicated moms do labor down, although they may not know it. Even epidural moms can labor down, just by waiting. But when Vag. exams happen every hour (or less) then in the hospital they'll make you push as soon as you're to 10, even if your body isn't ready.

The urge to push generally comes after your baby has really come down in station. So laboring down is that process.

(just ot further clairify)
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January 7th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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I labored down for a little bit, waiting for my DH to arrive. Eventually the urge to push and GET HIM OUT was over powering, so I pushed to whatever felt comfortable. (In conjunction with listening to my MW, who was giving me directions so I wouldn't tear.)
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January 7th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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I labored down for a little bit, waiting for my DH to arrive. Eventually the urge to push and GET HIM OUT was over powering, so I pushed to whatever felt comfortable. (In conjunction with listening to my MW, who was giving me directions so I wouldn't tear.)[/b]
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January 7th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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I didn't push until the urge was unbearable
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January 7th, 2009, 04:11 PM
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I gave birth in a hospital and was told to push when I reached 10cm and I wish that I had told them no and just continued until my body was ready to push. I ended up pushing for an hour before Eva was born and had a couple of pretty bad tears. I think that had I waited until my body wa ready to push it would have been a much more enjoyable time for me.
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January 7th, 2009, 04:53 PM
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I breathed down with my daughter (2nd born). I only ended up having to push twice when I could no longer fight the urge and had no tearing. It was great!
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January 7th, 2009, 09:36 PM
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I guess I breathed down both of my daughters. Didn't even know I did. I do know that I ticked of the OB last time by not pushing on command..lol. But, even that pushing started after my body started pushing her out, I just had to help a little.
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