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!

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web