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Positions for Labor

We had a very fun experience teaching positions for labor and comfort measures. We were pretty sure some of these women had not been touched except by their husband or children in years. Getting them comfortable with touch was a priority. We started by giving them lotion and teaching them to perform hand massages. It took off from there.

We did get some strange looks when we suggested hands and knees. It seems the midwives have always told women hands and knees is a bad position and will kill the baby.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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