If anyone is still up watching, you can see her contractions become stronger, more frequent, and more productive, and you will see her start to push. She will glance around sharply at her hindquarters, too, just before she pushes out another one.
^^^Tips for all those who said they keep missing the actual delivery of each pup
Shame about the breeder and the lack of health testing--I guess I never realized how many here have never seen a bitch whelp.
I've helped with whelpings working for a couple breeders (not Dobermans, two other breeds) and also have helped with pregnant rescue bitches.
It is pretty awe-inspiring, and yes, many of the girls want you there, and do better with you there. The key is to be unobtrusive when appropriate, and what little bit I've seen on the feed, they look like the helpers are behaving very appropriately.
For all those who want birth to be a rapid, explosive occurence...watch a mare give birth.
Down, done, and over in twenty minutes or less, if everything goes well.