Pushing was the easy part for ME.

With my first, I pushed 45 minutes. With my second, I pushed less than 10 minutes. So, yes, I would say pushing is the easier stage of laboring. But, that's not always the case. I read some of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, in her experience it was one of the other; her patient found either contractions OR pushing easier. And both are very normal experiences.

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    05/09/14
    I hope to find out next time! I ended up with an emergency c-section.
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    05/09/14
    Ugh, transitioning, I thought I would have a slightly easier time with it my second time around. Nope, if anything it was worse. My water didn't break on it's own, so the terrible pressure didn't translate to a need to push. I was a dramatic, hysterical mess for about an hour, demanding drugs that I couldn't sit still long enough to receive that wouldn't kick in until baby was Earthside. I made my Hubby want to hit me for my horrid negativity. But, once my midwife broke my water all the nonsense came to a halt and Tristan was in my arms 6 minutes later. Whew, labor is some hard work!
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      05/09/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Pushing was the end for me. I pushed the longest with my first and eighth (too much interference from my midwife's assistant with my last) and pushed once with my fifth, who was the fastest.
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