Positions You Can Try for Labor and Childbirth
Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler, authors of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, recommend the following positions for labor and childbirth:
Walking and Standing: Gravity will work with contractions as you stand or walk through labor pains.
Leaning: Lean against a wall, bed, or partner to support yourself.
Rocking: Gently moving your body back and forth may help you relax. You could rock in a chair or even against your partner.
Hands and Knees: This position can help relieve back pain.
Squatting/Sitting on a Birthing Ball: This position helps the pelvic opening stretch wider.
Side-Lying: Though similar to the recumbent position, lying on your side on the hospital bed can bring relief without working against gravity.
Hands and Knees: This position can relieve the pressure of back pain.
Squatting: Most women are not accustomed to squatting, and you may need a partner to help you stay in this position. Many hospitals and birth centers have a birthing bar at the end of the bed to help you balance.