Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? says the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? says your God.
This is also known as the pushing phase. From 10cm dilated to the birth of the baby.
What is happening to mum and babe?
- Your baby is descending down the birth canal/vagina. The vagina as a muscle is designed like a concertina fan in that it fans out as your baby descends, giving babe lots of room.
- It is normal for baby’s heartbeat to fluctuate at this stage due to the physiological process of birth.
What is a second stage rush like?
- Very manageable and may be spaced up to 7 minutes apart.
- Rectal pressure, or feeling like you need to do a poo, is common to begin with and coincides with the urge to push. This indicates the baby’s descent into the vagina.
How might mum be feeling?
- Women generally don’t want to move.
- Some women may experience a burst of energy and get their ‘second wind’.
- Primal, guttural sounds are normal and help get the baby out by keeping the jaw loose (which corresponds to the vaginal muscle allowing it to loosen and relax and fan out to accommodate your baby). It is good to go with your body and surrender to the process.
Support for second stage
- It is important to rest in between contractions, urges to push, and to keep up fluid intake.
- Find the most comfortable/best position for you to push in and change it if it becomes uncomfortable, or rest in between rushes, particularly if you are in a supported position.
SUPPORT PEOPLE TAKE THEIR DIRECTION FROM MUM AND OFFER PHYSICAL SUPPORT IF NEEDED & LOTS OF LOVE & ENCOURAGEMENT, THERE’S A BABY COMING!!!!
your body & your baby working together during second stage.
The following is an animation that shows the process of birth through this second stage. Please note that the animation is presented in the typical lithotomy (or lying on back) position. If the model was presented working with gravity in an upright position the coccyx (tailbone) would move back more obviously.