Laying on one’s back is most often not the most powerful or efficient and comfortable way to have a baby.
Women around the world give birth in many different positions. It can be easier to be assisted by gravity, by pushing the baby downward, instead of with the pelvis tilted up. Experiment in labor, move your body to find positions most comfortable for you
Here are some ideas to try as you labor and birth your baby.
Standing uses gravity to help bring the baby down the birth canal.
When combined with leaning against a partner, it can also be a good way for the mother and partner to connect and bond during labor.
When labor fails to progress in other positions, turning on to the hands and knees can allow things to shift and help stimulate labor.
For example, the hands and knees position can help move a baby that has become stuck from shoulder dystocia.
Squatting is the position of choice in many traditional cultures, naturally widening the pelvis, providing more room for the baby to come out.
Birth chairs provide back support, but have an opening in the seat, giving the care provider a space for catching the baby.