Labor Positions

Labor Positions: Side Lying

What it is: The mother will rest on one side, with her body in the position she tends to sleep in. How it works: Side lying allows the mother to deeply relax the muscles of her body. It will also allow her

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Labor Positons: Rocking

What it is: The mother will sit in a rocking chair, and rock it. How it works: It allows the mother to rest, having the weight of her body supported by the chair, while still moving the pelvis to encourage movement of

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Labor Positions: Reclining

What it is: The mother will recline against a wall, back of a chair or her labor partner. Pillows can be used to support her arms and legs so that she looks as if she is reclining in an easy chair.  How

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Labor Positons: Lunge

What it is: The lunge is an asymmetrical position that encourages the baby to rotate. How it works: The lunge widens one side of the pelvis, which increases the room the baby has to move. The pressure of the lunging pelvis on

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Labor Positons: Knee to Chest

The knee to chest position is a variation of the hands and knees position in which the hips are higher than the shoulders. How it works: This, and other hand and knee positions, use gravity to allow the baby more room to

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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.