Listed below are child-birth positions that any would-be mother should consider before delivery:

each Position has its advantages and disadvantages...

  • Involves the mother lying on back with her legs elevated using stirrups.
  • Not recommended as it restricts the space available for the baby to pass through the birth canal.
  • Increases the chances of the mother needing an episiotomy - a surgical incision made in the perineum to enlarge the vagina and facilitate delivery.

  • Involves a semi-sitting position with the spine curved and legs drawn up.
  • Can be used as a resting position as it makes use of gravity to facilitate the delivery.
  • Makes it difficult sometimes for the baby to descend under the pubic bone. Also puts stress on the perineum.

  • Reduces the need for an episiotomy.
  • Reduces pressure of the uterus on major blood vessels and the perineum.
  • Is more relaxing for the mother.
  • Helps prevent back ache.
  • Is ideal for mothers suffering from high blood pressure.
  • Helps to slow down a rapid birth.

  • Naturally helps to open the pelvis
  • Allows the baby to rotate into a position conducive for birth
  • Can become tiring or uncomfortable for the mother if the delivery exceeds the normal time period.
  • May require some practice to get used to.
  • May make it difficult for the doctor to support the perineum.
Hands and knees

  • Reduces strain on the perineum.
  • Allows free movement into other positions such as semi-sitting and side-lying.
  • Helps to slow down a rapid birth.

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