Quick second stage
Just had another birth, second timer, they did the internal work. It’s hard to know how much difference the IW made, as most second births are rather quicker and easier than the first. I wasn’t there for the first, but heard that it was a homebirth that had to be transported to the hospital for “failure to progress” and mother had an epidural and managed to push her baby out. She was quite fixated on the thought that since that had been her previous experience, it might happen again. So she was thrilled that her whole labor was about four hours, and as she began feeling the urge to push, she said, “I want to stand up” in the birthing tub, and as she did so, poof! The bulging bag of waters broke and the baby started coming down. She stood there like the statue of liberty, naked with her legs apart, not needing any support, powerful. Two or three contractions later, baby’s head was out, and then baby’s body came sliding out into the midwife’s hands – big and round! This baby weighed nine pounds 11 ounces and came out so much easier than the first one, who weighed seven pounds. What joy!!! And what a gorgeous baby.