LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Labour Story: Woman Shared Her Experience Of Delivering In An Upright Position

Date July 15, 2019

Preparing to welcome a baby is a very special process for any future mother. They carefully choose a layette, an obstetrician, a maternity clinic, talk to women who have already given birth, and read specialized literature. Some expectant mommies even decide to experiment.

When it is time, most women choose the classic supine position. However, it won’t be superfluous to mention that it has a lot of flaws.

The disadvantages include the following:

  • it’s not the best position of the pelvis, which results in the baby having less space to “maneuver”;
  • it takes a significant amount of time for the baby to lower;
  • insufficient provision of oxygen to the baby due to the pressure of the pregnant uterus on the mother’s arteries;
  • more severe pain;
  • there is a need to stimulate uterine contractions;
  • a risk of rupture of the perineum, etc.

Recently, more and more women prefer alternative positions, for example, vertical birth, when the mother is in a standing position (also on her knees). This approach:

  • facilitates some expansion of the birth canal;
  • accelerates the process due to gravity;
  • minimizes pain;
  • helps the baby assume a better position;
  • facilitates effective stretching of the perineal tissue.

Besides, in this case, the mother can be more actively involved in childbirth and actually see the birth of the baby. This approach was chosen by popular blogger Alexandra Posnova. When preparing for labor, the girl read several books and shared her experiences with the subscribers.

But she didn’t know how difficult and significant this path turns out to be for a woman and her baby. Alexandra believed that the future mother has 2 tasks: to thoroughly prepare for the upcoming labor without shifting the responsibility to the doctors, and to focus on the baby rather than on her own discomfort or suffering.

The distinction of vertical childbirth is that in the second stage, which is bearing-down, a mother stands on her feet. Recalling her experience, Alexandra noted that in this position a woman doesn’t so much strain as help the baby get out through breathing, in a more natural way. Alexandra’s labor lasted for about 30 minutes, and a girl named Eva was born.

Alternatively, you can consider a few more positions.

  1. Sitting on the toilet, which facilitates the relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Don’t be afraid that the baby may fall directly inside. Generally, a soft pillow is also used. Besides, most women instinctively rise to their feet as soon as the head comes out.
  2. Lying on the side is another position that minimizes pressure on the sacral area and ensures the sufficient supply of oxygen to the baby.
  3. Squatting is also a good way to let the baby simply “slip out.”

Undoubtedly, every woman chooses the most acceptable way for herself, which Alexandra incessantly mentioned. One more thing that helped her cope with long contractions and the ordeal of labor was a thought that she had to help the baby as much as possible. Such an attitude can probably facilitate the process regardless of the chosen position, wouldn’t you agree?


The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.