Birth Position: Squatting - Remember, when it comes to delivery gravity is on your side.
• Decreases the need for certain delivery tools, like forceps or a vacuum.
• Helps with dilation
• 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.
• Expands the pelvis
• 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.
• Relieves pain of contractions
• Eases back pressure
• 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.
• Can release tension and relax the muscles.
• Can work against gravity
Birth Position: Birthing Stool - A birthing stool can be used for a variety of positions.
• Can help baby move farther down
• Can increase dilation of the cervix
• May experience increased blood loss