Contractions, attempts and position in childbirth

What do future moms need to know about the possible positions of the body during childbirth? How does their choice affect the baby's birth process?

In the 18th century, for safety reasons, doctors began offering women to lie on their backs during childbirth. But modern obstetricians have no reason to deprive future mothers of choice. On the contrary, it is known that the ability to change postures as desired reduces the number of obstetric complications.

My 30 years of experience suggests that the position of the body of the future mother influences more likely the course of labor (this is the first stage of labor) than the process of birth of a baby.

So, the 1 st period - the opening of the cervix

At this time, a woman and a baby will benefit from a vertical position. Moreover, try to move, then the baby's head will press on the neck, helping her to open, and the pain will decrease.

Here's what you can do:

  • Stand up, lean on a special ball and rotate the pelvis in a circle. Then the baby's head, following your movements, will make the same circle along the edge of the cervix, and the process of its opening will go faster and softer.
  • Sit on a chair or any surface with a hole in the center and spread legs widely. If the future dad with you is present at birth, try to sit on his lap.
  • Lay down on your side, bending one leg in the knee, and the other one to the side.
  • Stand on all fours (for example, on the bed), lean your hands against the ball and sway on it back and forth. If there is no ball at hand, raise the head end of the bed and stand on all fours (you can put a pillow under your stomach).

A large gymnastic ball became an indispensable attribute of maternity hospitals. Simple exercises on the ball help future mothers to ease contractions and accelerate the opening of the cervix in the first stage of labor.

2 nd period - from the beginning of attempts to birth

The stage from the beginning of the attempt and until the birth of the baby's head the future mother will hold or lying on her back (classical position), either kneeling (vertical) or squatting. The choice of position is fundamental only if the woman has serious disparities in the bone pelvis (constriction or injury due to trauma). In this case it is safer to give birth in an upright position or lying on its side. True, the latter method requires the maternity staff of serious skills and is practiced far from everywhere. Moreover, now future mothers who have a pelvic imbalance are more likely to receive a cesarean section. But vertical childbirth is conducted in many maternity clinics and clinics.

What you need to know in order to make a choice between the classic and vertical position at the time of the birth of the baby?

  • In an upright position it will be easier for you to push, because under the influence of the force of gravity, the baby's head will rush down. In the classical situation, a woman can only rely on her own strength.
  • One important point: you need to be able to push yourself in a vertical position. It is necessary to work out these movements during pregnancy during special preparatory courses. Repeat them after the instructions of the midwife right at the time of delivery will not work.
  • Be ready, that immediately after the birth of the baby in a vertical position, you will be asked to take it in your arms. At the same stage of childbirth in the classical position, he will put a young mother on his stomach.

As for delivery in a squatting position, in my experience, women quickly get tired in this position and try to lie down.

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