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Mobile Birthing Positions

Why Every Mum-to-Be Should Know About Mobile Birthing Positions: An Osteopath’s Perspective

 

For many, labour conjures images of women lying flat on their backs. But what if there was a better way? Research suggests that mobile birthing positions during labour can offer a whole host of benefits, from shorter labour times to less pain. In this post, we’ll explore the power of movement during labour and the different positions you can explore for a more comfortable and empowering birth experience.

 

Why are mobile birthing positions important?

 

Staying mobile during labour offers a whole host of benefits:

  • Gravity’s your friend: By staying upright or using positions that utilise gravity, you can help your baby descend more easily through the birth canal.
  • Increased efficiency: Certain positions can open the pelvis more effectively, allowing for smoother progress.
  • Comfort and pain management: Movement can help manage pain by promoting blood flow and encouraging the release of natural endorphins.
  • Improved foetal positioning: Some positions can help nudge your baby into the optimal birthing position.

 

Mobile birthing positions for different stages of labour:

Once you reach active labour (3 to 10 cm dilation), you may choose a variety of positions such as:

  • Kneeling with a chair or birthing ball for support
  • Swaying or walking while holding onto a support person
  • Standing or moving in the shower
  • Sitting or kneeling in the bath
  • Squatting, using a birthing stool, ball or squatting bar
  • Sitting and rocking on a chair or edge of the bed
  • Sitting backwards on a chair and resting arms on the back of the chair
  • Leaning forward over a bed
  • Sitting and leaning forward on a chair
  • Lunging with one foot up on a chair or footstool
  • Kneeling on the hands and knees.

(Pregnancy, Birth and Baby 2020)

 

In stage 2 labour (full dilation), the following may be more comfortable:

  • Position themself upright
  • Kneeing
  • Go on all fours
  • Sit in a semi-recumbent position

(Pregnancy, Birth and Baby 2020)

 

Delivery:

  • Supported squatting: This position allows for maximum leverage and can be very empowering during delivery.
  • Hands and knees: This position can be helpful for some women, offering both gravity and comfort.
  • Side-lying: Lying on your side with a peanut ball in between your knees can also be helpful and especially if you have opted for an epidural. 

AusMed (n.d)

Remember: Every labour is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. The best position is the one that feels most comfortable and effective for you at that moment.

 

 

Here are some additional tips:

  • Discuss mobile birthing positions with your midwife or doctor.
  • Practise different positions during pregnancy with your birthing partner, this will ensure you feel confident and in control of your labour. 
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment during labour. Your midwife or birthing partner can help you find comfortable and effective positions.

By understanding the benefits of mobile birthing positions and feeling empowered to explore them, you can take an active role in your labour and birth experience. 

 

 

As an osteopath’s we can also help by:

  • Assessing and addressing any musculoskeletal restrictions that might hinder mobility during labour.
  • Providing techniques to improve pelvic alignment and flexibility.
  • Offer a variety of tips & tricks to help prepare for labour. 

Remember, knowledge is power. By being informed about mobile birthing positions, you’re setting yourself up for a more positive and comfortable birthing experience.