pomelo / 5366 posts
@Foodnerd81: Wow I'm amazed and impressed that you had a vacuum assist without significant tearing!
coffee bean / 38 posts
Baby #1 - on my back, semi-reclined in bed. 2nd degree tear.
Baby #2 - squatting on the bed! This felt the most comfortable for me, and I had a fast labor (4-5 hours). 1st degree tear.
pomegranate / 3507 posts
Baby #1: On my side, pretty bad tearing but that was mainly due to compound position and pretty big baby
Baby #2: I basically stumbled on to the delivery bed on all fours before the next contractions birthed her head. I delivered the placenta on my back. I had very little tearing.
Babies #3 & #4 (twins): On my side, since both had small heads basically no tearing. And again I delivered my placenta(s) on my back.
nectarine / 2042 posts
Baby #1: on my back in bed (had an epidural). Pushing was fast (15-20 minutes) but baby's heartrate was bottomed out and not coming up and I could not push him out because he was born with his arm up next to his head - my OB cut a big episiotomy and he came out on the next push. I had a bunch of stitches. Pretty uncomfortable recovery.
Baby #2 due in May... we shall see! I hope it's not as bad as #1, I hurt for a while after that one!
@marym- I have heard of her but I haven't read any of her books. I'll check and see if the library has some.
apricot / 345 posts
with my first I was laying on my back. I pushed for 30 min and got one stitch.
#2 I gave birth on my hands and knees. I ended up with over 20 stitches, but I think this is because the birth was very fast (pushed the baby out in one contraction).
cantaloupe / 6932 posts
Baby 1 : on my back, semi reclined, 2nd degree tear
Baby 2: on my side, one leg up, tore in same spot
nectarine / 2466 posts
On my back in a semi sitting position x3. No tearing any time. Really quick layouts, especially the last
pomelo / 5843 posts
Both times on my back, with an epidural. 40 minutes of pushing, 20 minutes of pushing, no tear either time.
grapefruit / 4313 posts
All 3 on my back, 2 with epidurals, 1 with a not working epidural, between 45 mins pushing (#1) and one push (#3), and 2nd degree tears in the same spot each time. Ugh.
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