Most Common Birth Positions on Legaci Birth
1. Standing Up
Pros: Gravity helps the baby to move down and apply pressure onto the cervix. The dilation of the cervix becomes very effective in this position.
Cons: This position can become tiring. You may need support from a partner, chair, or wall.
Pros: Squatting opens the pelvis area, creating more space for the baby. This position also allows gravity to help move the baby down.
Cons: During Pregnancy it's not easy to balance in a squatting position. So holding onto an object like a chair or a door knob can provide you the support that you need.
3. Hands and Knees
Pros: Allows you to rock and sway with your hips. It also takes pressure off the back, which can decrease back pain.
Cons: This position is great for babies who are in the posterior position during labor. However if your baby is already in a great position for birth you may want to avoid this position because it can encourage your baby to turn again.
Pros: Can be helpful when you are experiencing back labor because it encourages the baby to move forward. You can also try different variations like kneeling with one knee.
Cons: This position can cause pressure on your knees. Take breaks, to relieve some of that pressure.
5. Side Lying
Pros: Side lying is a great alternative for lying on your back. It can help you rest when taking a break between contractions.
Cons: Doesn't allow gravity to assist you in bringing down your baby.
6. Knee to Chest
Pros: This position helps to create more space it is also recommended for birth situations where you may be delivering a larger baby, or a an OP baby.
Cons: You may need to add back support like your partner behind you or pillows to avoid pushing in a lying down position.
7. Sitting Upright
Pros: This position helps you use gravity effectively. Between contractions, you can lean backward with support.
Cons: Moving from this position to another position may require assistance.