5 Best Birthing Positions for You and Baby


Birth Position: Squatting - Remember, when it comes to delivery gravity is on your side.
Pros: 
• Decreases the need for certain delivery tools, like forceps or a vacuum.
• Helps with dilation
Cons:
• Baby's position may not be right for  squatting.
• Can lead to more tearing if done without a birthing stool or other aid.

Birth Position: Birthing Bar - The birthing bar is an attachment that can be added to many labor beds. You can sit up and squat, using the bar for support.
Pros: 
• Expands the pelvis
Cons:
• May not be available at all hospitals.

Birth Position: Kneeling - If baby is facing mom's abdomen instead of back, this can help him turn.
Pros: 
• Relieves pain of contractions
• Eases back pressure
Cons:
• May be difficult for continuous fetal monitoring.

Birth Position: Reclining - Childbirth is hard work, and you might need to  take a break. You can lie down in bed, or recline against a wall.
Pros: 
• Can release tension and relax the muscles.
Cons:
• Can work against gravity

Birth Position: Birthing Stool - A birthing stool can be used for a variety of positions.
Pros:
• Can help baby move farther down 
• Can increase dilation of the cervix
Cons:
• May experience increased blood loss

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