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Told not to push?


Specializes in ER/Forensics/Disaster. Has 13 years experience.

This is sort of a personal medical question, but I am curious as to what should have been done--

When I was in labor with my daughter, I was at about 6 cm and not enjoying the epidural at all. I asked them to turn it off for a little while so I could get some feeling back. Surprise surprise!! I am fully about an hour later, and with no epidural.

Soo nurse checks my cervix and says "Don't push! The baby's head is about to come out! I may have to deliver it myself".

Question A- I have heard that you are never to tell a woman 'not to push'. Is this true? Did my nurse do the right thing?

So I precede to 'hold' the baby in for AN HOUR while waiting for the doc to arrive. I wanted to push so bad, but was repeatedly told not to. Finally doc arrived and baby was out in 20 min.

Question B- When I asked for the epidural to be turned back on, my nurse refused saying that it wouldn't make a difference anyways--her reason was that the epidural does not help with the perineal and delivery pains. Is this true?

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

Since this is regarding your experience, I think you should consult your OB. Allnurses cannot provide medical adice. I will need to close this thread as it violates the Terms of Service.

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