Quoting ♥Daenerys:" Oh wow that's crazy! My daughter was born sunny side up, and she came out all at once, there was no ... [snip!] ... had the worst freaking back labor, it hurt like hell to lay flat, I wanted to sit, but they wouldn't let me sit and push lol."
Wow that's so wrong. Women should deliver in whatever position feels right for her body, not what's most convenient for the doctor. And "practice" pushing before you even had the urge? Were they trying to exhaust you so you wouldn't be able to push effectively when it was time?
Argh so much of how pregnant and birthing women are treated in North America makes me want to scream!
So glad it worked out for you in the end though.
My first labor was long, and I was stupid at the start and didn't go to sleep while I still could (too excited) so I was tired. In the end, I got an epidural even though it was not my plan, then we all took a nap for a couple of hours. He was out with half an hour of pushing. (34 hours later)
I'm so hoping this next one is shorter. But even if it's not, I know it'll be better.