Birthing Positions

  • Can't be used with continuous electronic fetal monitoring
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    Sitting

    Advantages

    • Good for resting
    • Uses gravity
    • Can be used with continuous electronic monitoring
    • Can be used with birth ball to encourage descent

    Disadvantages

    • Possibly can't be used if mother has high blood pressure

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    Sitting on Toilet

    Advantages

    • Helps relax perineum
    • Mother accustomed to open-leg position and pelvic pressure in this environment
    • Uses gravity

    Disadvantages

    • Pressure from toilet seat can cause pain

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    Next Page: Semi-Sitting; Lithotomy; Side-Lying; Leaning

     

    Semi-Sitting

    Advantages

    • Comfortable for mother
    • Good use of gravity
    • Good resting position
    • Works well in hospital beds
    • Good visibility at delivery for mom, dad and others present
    • Good access to FHTs (Fetal Heart Tones)

    Disadvantages

    • Access to perineum can be poor
    • Mobility of coccyx is impaired
    • Some stress on perineum, but less than lithotomy

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    Lithotomy
    (on back, legs raised -- avoid this position!)

    Disadvantages

    • Compression of all major vessels
    • Laceration or need for episiotomy is more likely
    • No use of gravity to aid delivery

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    Side-Lying

    Advantages

    • Good fetal oxygenation
    • Good resting position for mother
    • Helpful if mother has elevated blood pressure
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