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When your cervix is fully dilated you can start to push when you feel you need to during contractions. The urge to push can be irresistible and the pressure of the baby’s head may make you feel like you need to empty your bowels. This is your body’s way to tell you where and when to push. Your midwife will support and encourage you. If you have had an epidural you may not feel a strong urge to push. You may only feel some pressure sensations and may need more guidance from the midwife to help you push.
This stage of labour is hard work, but you’re near the end! Your birth partner and your midwife will help and give you lots of support. This stage may take an hour or more, so it helps to know how you’re doing. You and your birth partner can find out more about what your birth partner can do.