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NOTE: The purpose of this series is not to bash medicalized births. I am aware that interventions and other methods of birth are sometimes necessary for the well-being of mom and baby. I am 100% in agreement when it is clearly needed.
Not only is moving around during labor and remaining in an upright position very effective ways of coping with the intensity of childbirth naturally, but they can also shorten the length of your labor, and decrease the risk of a c-section.
One of the benefits of a natural birth is having the freedom of movement during labor.
Day-1 of this 7-day series will cover 4 positions that can help you have a safer, faster, and more enjoyable natural birth experience!
NOTE: The purpose of this series is not to condemn medical interventions during birth. If a complication arises that may require medical intervention, I am 100% for them!
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Standing & walking
Forget all those images you’ve seen of women laboring while lying down flat on their backs. Standing during labor is a simple and yet very powerful way of facilitating the process of labor especially during the first stage. Standing realigns your pelvis and opens it up by up to 15%, making it easier for your baby to descend further into your pelvis and eventually out of your birth canal. You can stand as you walk, lean forward against a wall or your birth partner for added support during contractions.
Kneeling on all-fours
Kneeling on all-fours especially over an exercise ball is a great way not only to get rest from standing, but a great way to get relief from back pain during labor, and to encourage dilation and help baby descend. It helps you take full advantage of the pull of gravity while giving your legs a break. If you do decide to get into this position, be sure to use pillows under your knees for comfort. Swaying your hips even as your kneeling is something you may find yourself doing instinctively and will help the the movement of baby and with giving you natural pain relief.
Squatting is not only meant to be done at the gym, it’s a great position to get into during the second stage of labor. Women have been giving birth in this position for thousands of years! It can increase the size of your pelvic opening by up to 30%. As a matter of fact, I believe it was part of the reason why I didn’t tear during labor was because I instinctively got into the squatting position and birthed both my children. According to this study, squatting helps reduce the risk of medically assisted deliveries, episiotomies, and tearing. To get into this position you can use a squat bar, a blanket or rebozo, a chair, or your birth partner/doula for support.
Lying down on your side while you use pillows or a peanut ball to keep your legs apart is a great way to get rest from the other birth positions which require you to put in more physical effort. It keeps your pelvis open allowing baby to have an easier time moving through the birth canal, and can be a great way of slowing down a very fast labor (which can increase the risk of cervical and vaginal tearing, as well as hemorrhage.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
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