I Gave Birth Standing Up

Diane's Story

Well, I must say my fourth labor was wonderful. It started on its own, 11 days past my due date. When I went to the hospital around 6pm, I was five centimeters dilated and completely effaced. I labored in the Jacuzzi, and when I was out of the tub my husband, Rich, or my midwife, Deb, would rub my back. I was amazed that I was able to get through the contractions without thinking about medication. As soon as a contraction would come I would just use some relaxation breathing I had learned while doing yoga.

At about 9pm Deb checked me and asked if I would like my bag of waters broken. Note that it was my decision. I couldn't decide, so Deb said I should probably just leave it for now. At 9:10pm I asked her to go ahead and break it. After that, I had the most intense contractions and the baby was definitely coming. I then decided to stand up. Deb had already talked to me about birthing positions, telling me that if I felt comfortable in a position I should just stay there. I stood up and leaned over the bed while my husband held me with his arm in mine, rubbing my back.

At 9:21pm I gave birth to Lily standing up. It was amazing. She weighed seven pounds, three ounces. It was truly a wonderful, natural labor. It was my first time with a midwife, and it made all the difference.

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Response
Dear Diane,

While reading your story, I could almost picture you giving birth. Ancient drawings of birthing women often show them in various standing positions. Maybe you’ve rediscovered something!

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