Physiologic or Mother Directed Pushing

Here is a short video clip showing two mothers giving birth at home. Both mothers, during the pushing stage of labor, are pushing the way their own bodies are guiding them. No one is telling them to hold their breath for a count of ten or telling them that they are pushing wrong. They are following their own instincts. This is the way we encourage mothers to push in our book: Doulas’ Guide to Birthing Your Way. When a mother follows her own urge to push, she often enjoys pushing and birthing her baby, rather than feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.