On your back!!

Katherine - posted on 01/07/2011 ( 54 moms have responded )

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Hopefully for most of you, the idea of birthing flat on your back brings up facts about how that's the least effective position short of hanging from the ceiling by your ankles, how it closes up the pelvis by approximately 30 percent, and how in some other countries, it's actually illegal for a provider to suggest a woman birth on her back unless it's necessary or of course, unless she actually wants to.

No? That's not what you were thinking?

It's because women rarely see anything other than birthing flat on the back (which isn't okay for your whole pregnancy but is for 5-10 hours in labor?), it can be hard to think of other ways you could give birth, and that's where I come in.

There are many other positions to labor or give birth!

* Sitting upright. On a stool, the edge of the bed, on a birthing/exercise ball, or even over the toilet, helps speed along labor with the use of gravity (the baby pushing down does help dilate you!). Try sitting towards the edge of the seat (feet on the floor) and leaning forward, even onto your knees or onto something stable, or leaning back onto your arms, or even a support person sitting behind you.

* Leaning forward. One of the positions that felt best to me in labor was standing, leaning on the birthing ball which I'd actually put ON the bed, while my husband used my vibrating back massager on my lower back. You can also lean forward onto your husband (or partner, doula), as if you were hugging him, but with your feet a little further back and more of your weight on him. Swaying gently while doing this can be soothing and comforting. You may find that being on your knees and leaning over onto a birth ball or the edge of your bed feels good.

* On all fours. Yup, getting down on all fours, and sometimes rocking that way, can be a very effective and comfortable position for both labor and birth. Arching your back, and just using this position in general, can help with "sunnyside up" births, or if you do it enough during pregnancy, can help rotate the baby who would have been. Try pillows under your head if you want -- you can even do this on the bed.

* Squatting. Either sitting on a birthing stool, or squatting while holding onto the edge of a chair, bed, or even the birthing ball again really helps open the pelvis and encourage progression of labor. You could have your comfort person sit in a chair, and you squat on the floor in front of them, leaning your head onto their lap.

These are just some suggestions. During your labor and delivery, move around (or get help moving around) until you find what feels best and right to you, whether it's standing with one leg up on a chair or laying on your side with a leg held up. Moving and walking, swaying and squatting all can not only help alleviate pain, but can aid in a speedy labor with minimal trauma to your vaginal area, prevent the baby from getting "stuck" and make your birth experience much more pleasant in general.

Even if you don't want a water birth, sitting in a fairly warm bath or standing in a hot shower can not only help ease any discomfort but have been shown to help almost as much as pictocin in early labor. Your blood pressure CAN drop from these, but not in a negative way, but be aware of that in case your doctor tries to freak out when you step out of the tub.

Try packing a rice pack and ask a nurse to pop it in the microwave, bring a birth ball (if your hospital doesn't already have one), and buy a cheap, battery-operated massager at the store in case you have back pain. Even if you're not opting for the hospital, obviously these all still apply.

If you feel you have to lay on your back, try to either sit the bed as upright as you can handle, or consider laying on your side, even with pillows propped behind you. Get creative! Don't let hospital procedures ruin your birth.



What position do you feel is best for you in labor or delivery?

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Ez - posted on 01/07/2011

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I was most comfortable being mobile. I was walking, swaying, had a shower and on all-fours during labour. Then I had an AROM (unnecessarily - I was 5cm but not progressing at the 1cm per hour they were demanding) and I started fainting. I was then made to stay in the bed because - and I quote - 'if you fall we will not be picking you up'. So I then spent 7hrs in hard labour on the bed. I wasn't on my back (mostly on my side on an incline) but it still hindered my ability to deal with the ctx (no epidural for me).



Once it was time to push I sat up on the end of the bed, because I still wasn't allowed to get down. I pushed for 2.5hrs and she eventually came with forceps. I am confident that I would have got her out much quicker, and without the assisted delivery, if I had been on all fours or in a squat. She was big and I needed the extra pelvic room other positions would have offered.

Sal - posted on 01/07/2011

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all i ever wanted was a safe delivery, had 3 on my back, yep uncomfortable, but at the time everything was uncomfortable, at least the medical staff were abe to do what they needed to efficiently, not sure if i were standing or in a bath that could of been done as well (yep i know lots of women do but i did feel more confident doing what i was told) there were heart rate monitors on the babies skull, drip in, that horrid band around my bell. not really condusive to walkin about or talking a bath.

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I gave birth on all four. baby #3 was delivered by DH because the doctors swore I had at least another few hours. :) wow were they wrong. I wasn't fully ready but baby was there. :)

Bonnie - posted on 01/10/2011

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For my first labour I was flat on my back. For my second labour they had me walk around for the first hour or two because I was induced and they wanted me to help get the contractions going.

Nikkole - posted on 01/10/2011

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I was flat on my back and hated it but they told me not to move (it was my first pregnancy so i listened!) but towards 7pm i started to turn and move and by that time my son was soo stressed his heart rate would plumit when i would move so i had to have an emergency c section and my dr wasn't very happy it was New Years eve and he came in had to leave the part lol

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God i hated having to lie flat on my back. It wouldn't have taken as long - even though it didn't really take long anyway - if they had me sitting up more, at least a little. gravity was not in my favor while on my back. but up until i had to start pushing, i kept the back of my bed elevated and kept my legs pulled up, sort of squatting. it felt much better, haha. they fussed because they couldn't monitor the baby's heart rate that way, but she came out just fine.

someone mentioned being strapped to the bed? i wasn't :\ unless you mean that i had the little heart monitor and contraction monitor strapped to my stomach. but i wasn't attached to the bed, haha.

April - posted on 01/09/2011

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i already posted my thoughts on the natural birth thread. it is a short version of the OP. i did receive a bit of negativity...glad for this post!

Gina - posted on 01/09/2011

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Yes there was,the placenta wasn't fully attached to bubs,and I had very serious preeclampsia. thankfully my daughter was fine, very small but we went home 3 weeks later,and I have a beautiful healthy 12 year old.

Gina - posted on 01/09/2011

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All these stories make me sad,I had a emergency c- section at 33 weeks. No labour no contractions,and I wanted contractions damn it! Yes you may think I'm crazy[ so now you know] but I really feel cheated to have missed out on that. I had no control on what happened or how,I was told to do what the doctor said, being 22 and trusting I listened.***signs

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I guess I had a pretty good hospital. With my first, I was induced and the first day they mostly wanted me to stay in bed because of my high blood pressure, but I was allowed to get up to to go to the bathroom and stuff. The next morning, my bp had dropped enough that I was allowed to get up and move around. I took a short walk - only a short one because he must have dropped and was putting a lot of pressure on my cervix so walking was really uncomfortable, and then I sat on the birthing ball for a while. Those were enough to kick my labor into high gear. I was most comfortable in bed, although I changed positions a lot. I think I was most comfortable on my side. I did actually deliver on my back, although I think the bed was elevated a bit- can't remember. But it only took 2 pushes to get him out, so I wasn't on my back very long!
With my second, I was at home for most of my labor, so I did move around, and sat, curled up kind of in the fetal position on my recliner. Again, I gave birth on my back, but given that I was in the hospital for a grand total of 20 minutes before he arrived and pushed through 2 contractions, once again, it really wasn't bad. With my first I had the monitors, although once my bp went down, they only did it periodically instead of leaving it on. They put the internal monitor on at the end of my labor because they were losing his heartbeat, but by that time, I was ready to push. With my second, there was no time for anything! It was wonderful!
Next time around, I plan to go with a midwife, although likely still in the hospital. I'd love to do a water birth, but don't think the hospital closest to us has that option and can't risk going to one further away because my labors are too fast. I'd love to go to the birthing centre here because I don't like our hospitals' visiting rules, but it's expensive.

Katherine - posted on 01/08/2011

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@ Julianne, I hated both of my labors and was pissed too. I know I've said this before but, I had pneumonia while I was in labor. I was coughing and wheezing and I kept telling them something was wrong. You know what they said? "It's dry in here." WTF?? The cord was wrapped around Alyce's neck which stressed us out even more. When they gave me the epidural they layed me on my left side so all of the liquid pooled there. I was still numb by the time I had to push and they were yelling at me. I stayed numb for 27 hours. It was bullshit. It was a God awful experience. I was induced with both of mine too. But the second time they treated me horribly. I didn't find out about the pneumonia until 2 days later when I went to my PCP.
I will never go to a hospital again, NEVER.

Jane - posted on 01/08/2011

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I was flat on my back for both and it sucked. My kids are 20 and 17....with both labors I had meconium staining of the amniotic fluid, I was hooked up to fetal monitors and with my second, his heart rate kept dropping (turned out he had a knot in the cord) so they just made me lay down. I wish I had the option of squatting...to me that would have been the most comfortable I think.

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I didn't have anything inserted or strapped down or whatever either. I had the monitor on for about half an hour to make sure I was actually in labour and slept on the bed or whatever and then was mobile all day and most of my labour, in the shower and stuff like that. I birthed standing up and had no issues with the baby getting stuck or anything. I'm going to try to have that kind of birth again! I was encouraged to birth standing up by midwives in my antenatal care too. I laughed at them and was like "ahh pffft I'll be one of those that lie down and scream". But when the time came I wouldn't stop sitting up and then they were like stand up next time the baby crowns and I did and he came out in one go with a little bit of tearing but nothing major or that had to have stitches.

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Use gravity as much as possible.
I had one baby flat on my back, my first, after that, all were born in more natural positions, second baby, I was semi-sitting on my heels, rocking back into a raised hospital bed, third, I was in the same position as second, 4th, birthing stool, 5th on my bed, sitting mostly upright and 6th on a birthing stool.
I think flat on your back has always been "easiest" for the doctor because he is comfortable and can have clear access to your vagina in case he wants to cut it open or pull the baby out etc.
It's ridiculous to think birthing on your back can be good for you, you're not even supposed to sleep on your back when you're pregnant!
Male doctors are responsible for so many of the unnecessary and often counter productive ways of labouring and birthing that it is entrenched in their training and schooling, the only way to change that is by having more women exert their right to birth how they choose, or by more women seeking midwifery care over traditional OB or even GP care.
It would also save millions in health care costs.

Charlie - posted on 01/08/2011

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I had my first on my back , it was long , drawn out and painful .

My second I was on my knees leaning over the back of the bed It was much shorter , and a much more pleasent experiance .

Rosie - posted on 01/08/2011

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during labor with my first i was in the bath for a while until i couldn't handle it anymore, then i just laid on my side and didnt want to move at all. they encouraged me to go walk around, but i basically told them to piss off, it hurt to breathe, let alone walk. i gave birth kindof on my back i guess. i had my thighs in the stirup thingys, and i was sitting up, and then i would rest and lay down inbetween pushes.

with my other 2 i was induced, and i walked for awhile, then as soon as the pain got to be too much i laid down again, moving hurt to much. gave birth the same way, sitting and then laying back after i pushed.



i don't feel i would've been comfortable doing anything else, i really couldn't do anything else because of the epidural.

Katherine - posted on 01/08/2011

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@ Kate: I really hope your doctor listens to you. That must be the worst feeling. I would just say keep telling him how YOU want it. It is after all your body.

Krista - posted on 01/08/2011

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While in hard labour, I was on my side just because that's how I was most comfortable.



After the epidural, I was still on my side, because I was fast asleep. (I'd been awake for so long and was so exhausted.)



At midnight I felt a lot of pressure and knew it was time to push. So I was flat on my back at first, but quickly felt like I was pushing against gravity. So I said something, and they gladly raised the head of my bed to about 60 degrees, while I braced my feet against the birthing bar. That worked really well for me -- bracing my feet really helped me feel like I was getting some good leverage with which to push, and it only took about an hour of pushing before he was out.



I would love to do a water birth for my next one, (and my husband thinks they're just the coolest thing he's ever heard of) but that's just not available around here, and I'm just not comfortable doing a homebirth, where we live SO far from a hospital.

Joanna - posted on 01/08/2011

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I have scoliosis, and the back pain that came with all 3 labors was so horrible, that moving much made me sick. So I was on my back with all 3. And they were pretty quick easy labors/births.

Kylie - posted on 01/08/2011

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I walked a lot for both my labors then after the epidurals I sat upright on the bed and walked to the toilet. I pushed and gave birth laying down on my side both times. Second time I wanted to try squatting to give birth but the midwives wouldn't let me because of the epidural. I tried the spa bath and the fit ball with my first labor and they didn't help me manage the pain at all.

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For my 2 hospital births they tried the around the belly monitors and both time they didn't work. Both times they needed the fetal scalp monitor put on them. I was confined to the bed both times aswell but i found the 2nd was horrible. With my 1st the midwives were trying to help me do what i needed to move and get comfy which was hard to do with a broken leg but they did everything they could and they let me labour at my own pace.
With my 2nd hospital birth they pushed everything and confined me to the bed. I hated every aspect of it.
If we decide to have one more i will probably stil choose a hospital due to minor complications i have but i will do things more my way. I understand about something but a lot of it was a load of BS.

Amie - posted on 01/07/2011

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My first, I walked for most of it. Then I sat on the edge of a bed to deliver her, leaning back to rest in between.

My second, I walked and sat in the jet tub. I loved that thing. I sat with him to deliver too.

My third, I walked and used a relatively hot shower. I was standing for the first part of delivery and leaning backwards on a bed for the last of it.

My fourth, I walked. I sat to deliver her too.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2011

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@ Kate, I think that's half the trouble with some doctors - they want what is easiest for THEM. And for THEM it is easier if we are on our backs. Tell him to push the fucking baby out if that's where he wants you and you don't want to be there.

Johnny - posted on 01/07/2011

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I had a walking epidural for similar urinary issues as listed earlier in the thread. I was able to walk around a bit with the assistance of my husband, and I labored quite a bit on my hands and knees and that's how I was when she came out. I was very opposed to having to get an epidural, but I've got to give the anesthesiologist big kudos for a perfect job.

Kate CP - posted on 01/07/2011

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It's really weird but...with my daughter I wasn't nervous about birth AT ALL. This time around as the date draws ever nearer I find I'm getting terrified of what my doctor may try to do to me. My last birth REALLY wasn't that bad at all. I had pitocin because my labor stalled out after 24 hours and I was exhausted. The doc burst my water and put an internal monitor in and in hindsight I really wish he hadn't because it fucking HURT. But he knows I don't want that this time around. Anyhoo...I labored on pitocin in the hospital for about 4 hours before my daughter was born. No epidural, laid on my side for most of it, and pushed her out while on my back. I want to try different things this time and I'm finding the more I talk to my doctor about stuff the more stand-offish he seems. I asked about a squat bar and the look on his face was one of "Ugh. THOSE things" and he said the hospital didn't have any. I'm really worried he's going to try to push for an induction because I have GD, that he's going to try to force me to birth on my back again (I didn't know any better last time), and that he's going to try to break my water and put internal monitors in again.

I don't know WHY I'm afraid of all this as I've discussed it with him and he knows I don't want it and he seemed okay with it...but something in me is telling me he's just smiling and nodding.

Veronica - posted on 01/07/2011

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I don't know which I would prefer - with all my children it was different.
My first daughter, i had a pretty nice and decent labor and delivery - no pain meds - yes it hurt like hell - but it truly was a pleasant birth. I did have midwives who had me try different things (ball, shower, etc.) And I labored and delivered all within 12 hours. (that included early labor, labor, transition and delivery).
My second baby, I knew something was wrong - my contractions hurt soooo bad, i was doubling over, and nautious. And the labor would come and go. When i finally went in - i was only dilated to 3cm - against my wishes - they popped my water and put me on petocin - i was only 3cm for cripes sake! i could see if i was that way almost all day, but it had only been a few hours since i had been in labor. Anywho - it went fast after that - i got the IV drugs, which made me feel high - i started hyperventilating, and they were shoving an oxygen mask on me; and then my babies heart rate dropped down to like 30bpm -- they threw me into e-c-section - he had been strangling on the cord (explains the severe contractions i was having). We survived.
I miscarried my next baby - i was heart broken, about four or five months later, we conceived again -- and about four months in i thought i was miscarrying again -- only to find out that i had placenta previa. i was devistated because they said i would have to have another section - and i didnt want another one - i wanted vbac -- because i wanted more children. I was put on bed rest, etc. and about a month later the placenta grew up on the side of my uterus as it grew - so i was now able to go for v-bac, but being that i was now considered high risk, i switched hospitals (the hospital i was going to, was the same one i was at with my second baby - wasnt going to go through the same shit again.) Long story short -- I got an epidural, only in case i would split, id at least not feel it!! i was so scared!! But it all went so wonderfully - i was only in labor for about 6 or 7 hours.
My fourth, went for vbac again. This was a strong and fast labor too - soo painful, i decided to go for epidural again. It SUCKED. I had a horrible anesth. who wouldnt tell me what he was doing - i had a contraction - which in fact i was in transition -- and when i was done, he said "here we go" -- i was out of my mind, not putting two and two together - and i slightly jumped - he got my fluid - not the epidural space --- ended up loosing fluid - when he was done, after poking me again - i laid down, my water broke, i sat to push - my head immediatly cracked inside (from the missing spinal fluid) sending me into the worst migraine ever in my life - i barely pushed twice, and my little pimple of a daughter came out !!! SOOOO
With my 6th child - i said fuck the epidural - im not doing it - im going back to all natural - and I did, his birth was very pleasant, i did a lot of meditating, and walking around, and moving - i had him quickly and easily.
Finally! hahaha My sixth baby, i decided to go all natural again -- but he decided to come on april fools day. So what I thought would be a quick labor (cause i usually labor and deliver at less than 9 hours now) he decided to start me off at 3 am, and keep me in labor ALLLL day - and just when we thought he was going to wait til the 2nd - be a good april fooler -- he came at 9 PM -- but this birth was soooo different. I sat in a tub for the first time - which felt wonderful - and i had a contraction adn oooh wow, so much pressure was released, and i wanted to just stay in there, but then all of a sudden wham! the pain intensified tremendously -- here, the nice "comfort" and "pressure release" i felt - was my water that broke! so the transition part of labor was sooooo painful! see my water always broke right before i delivered my babies - so the contractions werent as severe. When i delivered - my doctor told me to just do what i felt i needed to do - where i laid on my back, leaning forward holding onto my legs before - i had my husband in almost a headlock (i had him bent down, and practically ripping his shirt off to hold onto for support - i was in like a mid air squat - holding him, with myself up in the air, and my legs in teh stirrup... probably a good sight to see! -- but oh it felt soo good, and practically ripping my hubbies shirt off - felt good too hehehehe and my baby finally came out, they actually had to stop me a second though, and put a fetal moniter on his head, cause his heartrate started to drop slightly - which of course frightened me for a second -- here, he had a knot in his imbilical cord - oddest thing ive ever seen! It all turned out good. Weirdest experience, but ended up neat and unique.

SO now that I wrote my first chapter to my upcoming novel - hahahahaha I would say the best "positions" - laying on my side; walking was THE best; the tub was a bit comfy - nice on my aching back - and that weird air-squat - were the best for me :)

What I learned??? YOU have to OPEN your mouth to these docs/nurses, etc. -- this is your body, this is your baby -- and they have to listen to you - its your right as a person, and a patient.
Trying all and any position you are able also helps you find what works best for you -- but not all births are created equal either ;) i say the best "position" is the position to keep an open mind, and an open mouth when you need to say something or put your foot down :)

Ok Im done!

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With my son, I HATED being confined to my back for the first part of my labour - they had to keep me on a monitor because my son's heart rate was all over the place, and they were actually quite concerned they may have to get him out. Eventually, about 4 hours before I had him, his heartbeat stabilised, and I was allowed to get up and about, and I did. I walked, I showered in warm water (VERY relieving), and in fact, it was while I was in the shower on a special shower chair that I felt like pushing, so they got me into delivery ASAP. I delivered propped up on a bed, so I was semi-sitting up.



With my daughter, I was not hooked up to a monitor at all, and I was free to move around, including walking in the hospital gardens (actually, I was walking in the gardens only 1 hour before I had my daughter, LOL). One I got to the final stages, I was leaning over the back of the bed head, which was in a fully vertical position, on my knees, with my knees apart, and that's where I stayed until I felt like pushing. I told my midwife I needed to push, and she asked if she could please just have a quick check of my dilation progress, and as I rolled onto my back for her to check me, I gave and involuntary push and it was too late - she crowned that quickly. I do believe all the walking, and the vertical postion progressed my labour really quickly and had her down the birth canal before I even knew it.

Sharon - posted on 01/07/2011

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I gave birth 3 times. In a bed, with an epidural with no issues whatsoever. Three perfectly easy deliveries. Three perfectly healthy babies.

I don't know what ass backward place you're living in - but my doctor didn't strap me down. Nor was anything inserted against my will. Procedures I didn't want weren't forced on me. I wasn't flat on my back either. My doctor suggested sitting up so with the bed mostly fully up I gave birth that way.

Doctors aren't stupid. I don't know how or why birthing flat on your back came around but doctors are moving away from that. I had options - and I chose the one that seemed the most comfortable to me.

Thank god I educated myself and researched my doctors before undertaking the hugely important, once in a life time event of giving birth.

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Interesting.. What position do I feel is right for me?? On my back with my legs resting on the supports, knees to chest with my butt down as far as it will go. It took about an hour for me to give birth to my son once I started pushing, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. That's just what worked for me :)

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I had a transverse baby, and horrible back labor with no pain meds, i got on all fours and that was the most comfortable ... but it caused him to turn sunny side up, i ended up in c-section, but rocking on all fours was the most comfortable i did it for hr and half

Iris - posted on 01/07/2011

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When I was pregnant of my second daughter I was in Germany. I had the option of water birth, squatting, standing hanging on to a horizontal pole or the bed.



I wanted water birth, and men was I disappointed when she was breech and I had to have a c-section.

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I was on my back, with one leg raised when I pushed my baby out. It worked fine for me and was pretty fast. I would have felt uncomfortable in any other position. Too each their own.

If anyone had tried to hold me down I would have hurt them

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yea, i wanted my sister to be there, she couldn't travel because she was pregnant too. I ended up with my MIL there who thinks everything a doctor says is gold and you need to listen to them 100%. Brad just was in so much of a panic he didn't know what to do... I am so pissed off about the way my labor went its not even funny.

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No one should have to be held down to give birth. It should be a good experience, a life changing one. Not traumatizing.

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I was flat on my back during the pushing phase with my daughter and I don't want to do that again. If they try to hold me down they're going to have 3 REALLY pissed off and violent women fighting back. I love my mom and my sisters. :)

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The whole gravity thing does make tons of sense. During my labor, I was in so much constant pain that all I wanted to do was lay on my side & not move a muscle. It probably would have helped the pain if I did move around some...maybe sitting up at the side of the bed or something. After 11 hours of labor, luckily it only took 15 minutes of pushing before my little man was born. I laid on my back the whole time.

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I think it makes total sense. Gravity would be the main thing in our favor for standing or squatting. I never felt the urge to push NEVER, not with either one of my kids.

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I had my first daughter laying on the side with a pillow under my side. One leg on the bed and the other over my midwife shoulder. Worked like a charm, easy birth. That was in Iceland 12 years ago.

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Well, with my first, my water broke at midnight, we were at the hospital by midnight, and I didn't sleep at all, though there were no contractions. Nothing I did made anything happen any faster, so they induced me. I was so tired I couldn't think straight, and then, back labor came on. The nurse and my husband helped me onto all 4s to turn my little one around, and it sure did the trick! Rocking back and forth leaning on my husband was nice, just for the comfort. But ultimately, I delivered on my back, with no issues. Twenty minutes worth of pushing and I was done. With number 2, I went into labor once again in the evening, and was at the hospital around 2am. I got no sleep that night, and has worked all day the day before. I labored on my back and things progressed quickly enough on their own. I was so exhausted I would sleep between contractions, and wake up for the next. I was at the hospital for about 8 hours, and this time it was 2 good pushes and little lady number 2 appeared. I suppose had I gotten up and moved things may have moved even more quickly, but I have no complaints about the way either labor progressed. Back was good for me!

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I was held down, while i was flipping out at the doctors that i NEEDED to stand up to get the baby in the right position. I told them flat out the baby wouldn't come out if i pushed, i was told repetitively that he knew what he was doing. Ended up with an emergency section because stress labor almost killed the two of us.



Women know what they are doing when it comes to labor, some idiot doctors need to realize that, its natural and our bodies know what to do..

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My bed was propped up, but I had to stay put cuz they wanted to constantly monitor both girls. I had a c-section 5 hours after starting the induction anyway though....

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I'm from America and I was never strapped down and nothing was inserted in me. I went through midwives with my first pregnancy, I walked and danced the baby down (hugging/haning off of your partner while swaying, mentioned in the OP). My favorite positions was to lean forward with my knees half bent resting my forhead on the back of recliner in the room.

When it comes time to push, you dont' have to do this on your back either, I squatted (even though I had an epidural and couldn't feel my legs, my husband was on the bed behind supporting me and I held on tight to the squat bars they attatched to the bed.

If you get an epidural, your choices in movement are automatically limited, but at least try to lay on your side and, until I started pushing, they let me have my bed inclined as far as I wanted.

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I realize that Julianne. That's why I asked where she was from. I wasn't sure if she meant Canada or the US. Maybe I should have been more specific. Sorry if I offended. Wasn't trying to. :)

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jen if you have an epidural you can still sit upward so your vagina is more open, leg numbness does not hinder your upper body.

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Honestly, I didn;t have a horrible experience on my back. And of course every women has a very different perspective. I slept from about 4 pm to 8 pm, after being admitted the night before around 8 pm to be induced. I was in and out of the bed for several hours prior to me sleeping. I think it was the epidural that knocked me out, cause that was at 2-3 pm. Anyway, I was woken up at 8 pm and was being monitored. At 9 pm told to start pushing. Baby came at 9:29 pm.

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I had what was called a walking epidural....although I know some women don't think it's a walking one, it's a flat on the back one. They wanted me to be able to feel enough to avoid a catheter because I have scar tissue in my urethra from lots of bad caths. I did manage to only push the ole med button very rarely because if I didn't I couldn't feel to pee if need be. This also left me able to move around a bit, on the side....but not on all fours. It's most likely though, this is just for non-epi births.

Lacye - posted on 01/07/2011

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JuLeah, where are you from? I am from America but I wasn't strapped down and nothing was inserted either. Course now that I think about it, the main reason why I was on my back was because I had an epidural. The nurses did tell me when I was sitting on the edge of my bed to ease some of my pain, that me sitting like that was making my contractions stop. I didn't think to question them. Oh well. what's in the past is the past.

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Okay, but, in America women are strapped to the bed, flat on their back so the damn baby moniter can be inserted - even doctors who are women and have had kids of their own follow this practice
We had to bitch and scream to get a different approach

Lacye - posted on 01/07/2011

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Holy crap! I didn't know flat on your back actually hindered the labor! If I had to do it again, I would do it on all four. That actually sounds really comfortable. (no dirty jokes. lol)

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