For most of our entire human history, a mother in labor was free to move around and change positions to whatever was most comfortable and suited her best at the time. It wasn’t until we made labor and birth a highly medicalized process that women began laboring on their backs in a bed. There is an infinite number of positions you can try during labor, and no one size fits all. Labor will likely start at home. You can utilize many different positions to keep labor progressing and be as comfortable as possible before you even get to the hospital or birth center. You have options no matter where you are giving birth, what your birth plan is, or what interventions you are electing to have. This episode has different labor positions to try with the pros and cons and what the research says about the best positions for both labor and birth.
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