Just wanted to spark a bit of a discussion. Should we discourage woman with an "early" (I.E. before full dilatation) pushing urge to NOT push?? As a student in placement, I was always told that women should be encouraged to breathe through. At uni, we were told to encourage women to follow the cues their bodies are giving them. By telling women to not push are we effectively taking control away from them? Are we telling them that we know their bodies better than they do? And by not actively discouraging pushing, are we facilitating harm to mum or fetus? So, when caring for a woman with a spontaneous urge to bear down during contractions, which is it? Push? Not push?