This Birth videos will show the main birthing positions you can chose during labor. If this is your first time giving birth, it is a good idea to learn this birthing positions before you go into labor, so that you have a better of how to deliver your baby naturally. These are natural childbirth positions in either home or hospital setting.
If you will be giving birth at the hospital you will be able to use the semi-sitting position. If you choose to deliver your baby in this position, use pillows under your arms and back for support. During each contraction, you can wrap your hands around your knees and pull your knees up towards your shoulders.
This is one of the most commonly birthing positions used in a hospital setting because ethe hospital bed can be easily adjusted to the correct height. Make sure to be well propped up, do not lay back because you can get more help from gravity to help move the baby down the birth canal. By holding your knees, you will feel more in control when the time comes to gently breathe (do not push hard) your baby out.
You can chose to give birth in a supported squatting position. Many women in labor choose this position to chive birth because squatting opens the pelvis and takes advantage of the gravity, pushing the baby down the birth canal faster.
This birthing position gives the mom-to-be a sense of control and the pelvic opening is about 30% wider during squatting than in a supine position. If you get tired, try to stand or sit back to relax in between contractions. You can also use a birthing ball.
Using a birthing ball will help relax your perineal area and legs during labor.
Watch this natural childbirth video to see how to deliver a baby in a supported squat position:
Most women also feel naturally comfortable giving birth on hands and knees. This is one of the birthing positions most recommended for back labor, posterior babies, or large babies. This birthing position is great for many women in labor because they can arch their back to help ease pain and discomfort. Your birth attendant will also have a great view of the baby's head coming out and be able to assist if problems arise.
Sitting on the toilet, birthing stool or birthing ball opens the pelvis increases the action of gravity and helps a natural exit of the baby. You can use this position to help bring the baby down the birth canal.
At the Hospital you can sit on the bed with the back at a 90 degree positioning giving you lots of back support. This is also called the Thorne Position.
This is one of the most recommended birthing positions if you are at the hospital and wan to deliver your baby naturally on the bed. Put your hands on the bed and place your knees comfortably apart. You can also use a birthing ball. This positions reduces tearing and prevents the need for episiotomies. It is also very restful and relaxed for the birthing mom.
This video will given you some ideas on birthing positions that you can use during your birth.
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