(Closed) What’s your delivery position?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Laying on your back is the least productive position to deliver in. It actually makes the opening in your pelvic bones smaller. Most women deliver that way because it is convenient for the doctor, not because it is helpful in delivery.

I definitely don’t plan to give birth on my back. I plan to use the tub and imagine I’d either give birth with DH behind me and supporting me, or on all fours in the tub. If I’m not giving birth in the tub, I plan to use a squatting bar on the hospital bed. Thankfully the midwives and dr’s in my practice are all supportive of alternative birthing positions, as are the hospital staff. Being upright allows gravity and your contractions to work together to speed labor up, but also to allow your body to stretch as it needs to. You are much more likely to have an episiotomy or tear if you give birth laying on your back.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

You can deliver in many different positions, not just lying down, just like you can labor in many different positions.  Some hospitals/birthing centers even offer squatting bars or stools to help support women birthing in that position.  Definitely something to ask about when you do your hospital tour!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I requested a squatting bar, did a ton of squats during my pregnancy, but I didn’t deliver in a squat.  My doctor said baby wasn’t descending and had me do one where I was more in the “classic” pose, but I sometimes still wonder if it wasn’t for her convenience, even though I really like my OB.

I think the reason you usually don’t see squat is b/c very few people in the US actually make it 100% natural, and you can’t do most of the positions if you were induced and/or had an epidural. 

I spent as little time as possible in the actual bed.  Though, I did labor some at home on the ground, laying on the floor.  My dog was being SO cute and kissing me.  <3

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I tried all different kinds of positions, the one that was most productive and comfortable for me was on my back. I tried squating variations, on my side, on all fours but they weren’t helping me at all, so i went back to laying on my back holding my knees. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@firsttimemom: The problem with the “walking epidural” is that they cannot guarantee that you will be able to walk, depending on how you react to the medication. It isn’t quite that easy. If you go that way you will have to accept the risk that you will be largely immobile.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

My OB told me even with a walking epidural I’d have to be in the bed.  And then I switched to a midwife.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

@firsttimemom: I could go on for pages and pages about this decision… but I think it’s a pretty personal one.  I did a lot of research, and I can recommend That Wife Jenna’s birth posts, the documentary “The Business of Being Born” and here are some good books to get you started if you’re interested:

Your Best Birth (Ricki Lake and Abbi Epstein)

Pushed (Jennifer Block)

Born in the USA (Marsden Wagner)

Birth: the surprising history of how we are born (Tina Cassidy)

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Your Best Birth was my all time favorite book to read during pregnancy, really opened my eyes up to all my options. I had my daughter on all 4’s and i only pushed for 6 minutes!! Because it was so fast, I wasn’t really “pushing” my body just took over.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@firsttimemom: I know you didn’t ask me but I chose a midwife over OB because I am not good with doctors, (to me) they never seem to care at an emotional level. I had such a wonderful relationship with my midwife! she would call me regulary just to see how I was feeling and if I had any questions or concerns. I felt like it was more of a passion and love of women and children that made her do what she did and not the paycheck, and that was huge for me. I am not saying that all doctors are bad and not caring, I just felt more comfortable and welcome at the midwifery. My daughter is already two and I am still friends with the midwife =)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was just talking to my husband about this and how I think its totally crazy to try to give birth laying down. 

I told him I want the birthing bricks like back in the day! 

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