I love hearing your opinions and responses, ladies! I was just checking out prg.org's articles and read one regarding birth positions. If I read it correctly, the standard position (or at least it was when I had my two girls) of laying on back with feet up is probably the least desirable one in terms of delivery. Wow, I had no idea!
I am thinking that I am more restricted in my labor positions in a hospital vs. a home birth or even birthing center?
Sophia- February 1, 2006
Moriah- June 1, 2009
Daniel- September 19, 2011
Not necessarily! I delivered DS in pretty much a sitting position, with no stir ups at the hospital. I had no desire to be in any other position but I know our hospital has 'squat bars' that you can use with the bed, where you are on the bed, hanging onto the squat bar and pushing/delivering that way. It'd be something to ask your dr about for sure because ultimately I think it's really up to the delivering doctor's comfort level.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I delivered leaning over the back of the bed on my knees. The bottom of the bed droped off so the doctor had easy access (yes my butt was in his face but I didn't care). I was never at any point during labour, on my back. I delivered in a hospital
I talked to my doctor about it during one of my appointments when I gave them my birth plan, and he said that they support pretty much any position EXCEPT squatting on the floor. They want me on the bed if possible just so the doctor is able to get where he needs to be. I know when my friend delivered in January, she was not laying flat on her back. They had broken down the end of the bed and she sat on the very edge, and the head of the bed was up, so it was almost like sitting up, leaning back a little bit, and her feet up in stirrups.
Happily married to Michael since 5.1.10
DS1: Matthew - 7/7/00
DS2: Nathan - 1/21/03
DS3: Jacob - 9/29/11
I delivered DS laying on my back and tore a little with him. With DD1 I had a midwife and she suggested that I sit up on the edge of the bed... like at a 45 degree angle and it was soooooo much better. You are able to push so much better not being flat on your back. I already talked this over with my midwife and she said she supports pretty much any position other than on the floor, but she has delivered a baby or two on the floor that came quickly. Just listen to your body and be firm with your doctor that you may want try different positions during labor/delivery.
I've told my doctor that I don't want to be on my back this time during pushing. Last time (same doctor) I was on my side when she checked me cause I had just gotten the epidural and I had to "get off the pain" that was the way I worded it. I felt like I was crushing his little head when I was sitting for the epidural. So I was on my side and she said I could start pushing and asked if I wanted to push from that position, but it didn't feel like I'd get him out from my side like that, so I went on my back.
This time we are going to try squatting and she's happy that I'm opting for this cause she says I'm not a good pusher and we ended up using vacuum to get him out.
Anyway, I'm delivering at a hospital birthing center (they have no L&D) and my doc is a family doc.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
I probably pushed for an hour and a half or so.... I was in no severe hurry to get him out, and I was exhausted at that point! He had a 15inch head though, so I'm assuming that may have been a factor in taking so long to birth him.
I was an awful pusher with DD (over 2 hours). When the doctor started asking how long I had been pushing, DH started to whisper to push harder in my ear because they started to whisper about interventions...
I delivered while on my back with feet in the stirrups. I had no problem but given the flury of activity of getting me from triage into a delivery room, it never occurred to me to ask or for them to offer any suggestions. From when they checked me to delivery was 20 minutes The info package from our hospital's baby class had mentioned all kinds of positions to try so I assume they were open to you trying them
My MWs asked how I delivered and she was surprised by the position and the time.
Fingers crossed for a quick pushing session this time too!
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)