Labor Positions

Labor Positions: Hands and Knees

What it is: The mother will be on all fours, such as when playing “horse”.  How it works: The hands and knees position helps to relieve pressure on the back by using gravity to pull the uterus out of the pelvis. When

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Labor Positions: The Dangle

What it is: The dangle position is an upright supported squat, which allows the labor partner to support the mother without straining his or her back. How it works: Squatting positions take advantage of gravity to increase the work done during contractions.

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Labor Positions: Labor Dance

The labor dance is an upright position that encourages movement in the pelvis during labor.  How it works: Upright positions use gravity to increase the work done by contractions, while decreasing the pain most women feel. Doing the labor dance moves the

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The basics of labor positions

For most of labor, the laboring woman will simply select a position that is comfortable to her. Sometimes, the woman is not sure what will feel the most comfortable or is overwhelmed with contractions and unable to make a decision about what

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Am I in Labor?

Contrary to popular movies, labor seldom begins with a sudden strong contraction that makes the mother double over. Instead, her body begins preparing for labor with contractions that come and go weeks before the baby is born. These contractions are called Braxton-Hicks.

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Timing Contractions

There are two factors to consider when timing contractions. How far apart they are, and how long they are. To measure these, keep track of the start and stop times of five consecutive contractions.