I went to my check up today excited cause I haven't seen my doc in 2 weeks. 2 whole weeks. I missed her. I LOVE my doc.
Anyway, I talked to her about what tools the birthing center has available to us during the pushing phase and she and I discussed OUR desire to deliver this baby without suction (I had suction assistance with both my other two due to "weak" pushing). I'm soo excited about it now. They do have the squatting bars for the beds and she's used them in a few different ways to help maintain the gravity assistance without tiring my thighs out. She told me I could labor in the tub as much as I want, and as long as we allow the baby to be on monitors every once in a while, then the staff is pretty cool with me doing whatever during labor.
But... the best part of my appointment was her excitement about helping me to find a comfortable pushing position. I reminded her that I didn't really "feel like" being upright during pushing last time, but I never TRIED it even. So she said she will be sure to offer suggestions this time as to different positions I might want to TRY and I'm going do my best to accept those suggestions and TRY them out.
Just had to share my great appointment.