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Pushing

Spontaneous Pushing

The technique for pushing is a natural one, allowing the body’s spontaneous response to bear down. Your body reacts to the baby’s head on the pelvic floor as it descends through the birth canal. If you have practiced the Kegel exercise, it will be easier for you to consciously keep this area relaxed and allow the pelvic floor muscles to “open up.” Letting go and allowing your body to work for you is the key, but the sensation may catch you off guard at first. The labor coach may hear you grunting and groaning; this is an appropriate and natural response. Having the knowledge of what to expect will allow you to effectively work toward a great reward...the birth of your baby.

Directed Pushing

A variation to pushing is holding your breath for short periods of time to assist with pushing. At times, your healthcare provider may ask you to push. Have your labor partner count to 6. Let the air out, breathe in and repeat until the contraction is gone.

Supported Kneeling Position

Kneeling Position with labor partner applying pressure to lower back

C-Position

Squatting Position with Labor Support Side-Lying Position

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If you have had an anesthetic, it may prevent you from feeling the natural sensation to bear down.

You will be guided by your delivery team on how to effectively push.

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