Learn about Positions for Childbirth. Which positions do women and birthing people use during birth? Positions which support the birthing process and can make the birth of your baby easier and go more smoothly.
Changing positions and keeping active during childbirth can help the birthing process and reduce the need for interventions. Chose positions which feel comfortable to you.
Positions for childbirth explained
|Walking sideways up and down the stairs can be helpful if your labour has slowed down or you’d like to speed it up a little.|
|The Lunge opens up your pelvis. Open up the pelvis and may help to speed up / bring back contractions when they have slowed down. Lunge during or between contractions or even both.|
|Rest. If you need a rest, try resting sitting backwards on a chair or sitting on a birthing ball. Keeping your feet lower than your bottom helps to keep your pelvis open. Massages may help you relax and rest, too.|
|Physical contact and massages. Close physical contact with your partner and/or being massaged may help you to relax and your body to release oxytocin.|
|A Rebozo can have many uses during labour and birth.A few examples are: to help realign and adjust your body to encourage your baby to rotate into a more favourable position To lift your belly to relieve back pressure during labourTo wrap around the entire body like a hug, to offer you some comfort and ease anxiety|
|Side-Lying. Lie down on one side, preferably your left side. This is a great position to rest. To open up the pelvis a bit more, try to have your lower leg straight, and bend your upper knee as much as possible. Rest it on a pillow. With a birth partner, holding up your upper leg (see picture on the right), you can even give birth in this position making full use of the space in your pelvis.|
|Double hip squeeze. Have your birth partner press firmly into your buttocks with the palms of their hands, while their fingers point towards your spine. You might also like to try this with a hot or cold compress. A great exercise to relieve some of the pressure on your back during labour.|
|Stay upright and use gravity! Gravity is one of your best friends during labour! When you are in an upright position either standing, sitting or kneeling, the weight of your baby presses on your cervix. This encourages it to open. An upright position may also help get your baby into the best position for their birth.|
|Sitting on the ball allows you to take the weight off your legs and relax your lower back. Your birth partner can sit behind you and offer some massages, warmth or support. Also try: sitting cross-legged on the floor or your bed.|
|The Birthing Pool. Is great for pain relief and may help to relax you. You can sit in the pool or try kneeling and resting your body on the side of the pool.|
|The Birth Ball allows you to put your weight on the ball instead of your hands. The ball also encourages movement. Movement opens your pelvis to allow the baby to rotate. Also try: sitting backwards on a chair or toilet seat, leaning into a pillow. Being monitored doesn’t mean you have to stay in bed / lie down. You can still use upright positions and movement!|
|The Squat is a great position to give birth to your baby. This position opens up your pelvis and maximises the room for your baby to rotate and pass through the birth canal. You can use a ball, rebozo, chair, your birth partner as support.|