We have had 3 nurses injured in their shoulders and neck because of having to hold up and push back the womans legs during delivery. It is partially a request of the physician and partially that they have become so used to doing it that it is automatic whenever the pushing is ineffective or protracted. Does anyone know of any equipment that could be purchased for this or any other techniques? Thanks, B Fusco RN
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Really? Well I had my daughter with an epidural and demerol and I held up my own legs too. It wasn't a natural birth but I did it.
z - we have moms with epidurals and/or IV drugs who hold their own legs up all the time. Usually we help when they get very tired or if the doc wants McRobert's or if she is having trouble pushing the babe out and needs a position change - we do use family members to help with this but sometimes it is the nurse who helps . .. . the woman who just about knocked us all over HAD used the squat bar and every position known to OB nurses everywhere
and we still needed to hold her legs although she was very very strong.
The goal of birth is to get the baby out safely . . . if it takes intervention, it isn't a big deal. Having a baby "naturally" doesn't mean a person gets a badge of courage and having a baby "unnaturally" means you don't.
It makes me sad that women think they fail because they end up with an epidural or a cesarean.
I had 3 vag deliveries and one cesarean. All my kids are healthy. That's the point.
You did good.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jun 25, '05