Labor Positions

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

Labor Positions

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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Common mistakes during active labor

There are some things women do during active labor that decrease their chances of achieving a natural childbirth. Although they can seem like the normal and expected response to labor, they can have a negative impact on the way labor progresses. Understanding what

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Common mistakes during early labor

There are some things women do during early labor that decrease their chances of achieving a natural childbirth. Although they can seem like the normal and expected response to labor, they can have a negative impact on the way labor progresses. Understanding

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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.