Birthing Positions

Advantages and disadvantages of various positions you might try during childbirth.

Fortunately we've left behind the days of the laboring-on-her-back, heavily sedated mother-to-be, totally dissociated from the natural workings of her own body and missing out on the joy of giving birth.

Today women can learn how to use their bodies to minimize discomfort and speed the progress of labor. Trying a variety of positions during labor and birth can help you to find what works best for you. Here is what you need to know about the various labor and birth positions.


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  • Excellent for oxygenation of fetus
  • Uses gravity
  • Contractions are more effective and less painful
  • Helps speed up labor
  • Helps create pushing urge


  • Poor control of delivery
  • Visualization very hard for birth attendant

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  • Uses gravity
  • Contractions often less painful
  • Encourages uterine contractility
  • Baby well-aligned in pelvis
  • May speed up labor
  • Reduces backache
  • Encourages descent


  • Often mother can't use if she has high blood pressure
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