Choosing a Labor Position

The labor position you choose should be a comfortable one that helps you do your job with as much ease as possible. Try different positions to see what works for you.

The Benefits of Changing Positions

When you imagine yourself in labor, how do you see yourself? The position you choose should be a comfortable one that helps you do your job with as much ease as possible. You should discuss your options with your doctor or midwife -- but remember, the positions you choose are up to you.

Most people in the U.S. picture the classic and cliche woman-flat-on-back kind of labor. But there are a lot of reasons to try to get off your back during your child's birth. Upright positions tend to offer:

  • Shorter labor
  • Reduced need for medication
  • Help in dilating your cervix and widening your pelvic opening
  • Greater sense of self-confidence and self-control
  • Stronger, more efficient, and less painful contractions
  • Aid for the baby's descent through the birth canal
  • Help in bringing oxygen to the muscles in your uterus and to the baby
  • Reduced need for episiotomy or cesarean section
  • Less stress on the baby

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