One of my PG walking buddies asked their MW if they had to push during labor or if the body would do the work for you (I relate this to bowel movements where you're not supposed to push). She was curious since she's ripped really bad with her 2 other kids and was trying to find more ways to avoid ripping this time. The MW said they don't neessarily encourage pushing and that the body will contract the baby out on it's own. Also, babies aren't ment to be rocketed out of the body. The hard part is keeping focused and not pushing when you're body is screaming at you to push.
I'm interested in trying this especially if it decreases the chances of tearing (on top of the perianum massage). Anybody else heard of this? Tried it? Gonna try it?