When many of us think labor and birth, we get the images from tv of a woman on her back with her legs up in stirrups doing controlled pushing and breathing. It’s what most of our society models, what many hospitals encourage and all that can lead to an increase in medical interventions. Why? The on your back position (knows as the Lithotomy position) is not really that effective in helping labor and birth along. It stalls things, the pelvis does not open as much and the controlled pushing takes away our own body’s signals for when it’s time (contractions actually push the baby).
Even if you will be having a medical, hospital birth — you don’t always have to be on your back during labor — you should be encouraged not to for the sake of yourself, your experience and your baby. There are more effective ways to facilitate the birth of your baby than being on your back and it can have a huge impact on your overall birth.
Click through to read 5 more effective ways to labor and birth than on your back:
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