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    Default Birthing Positions - your experience!

    I just watched ep2 of One Born Every Minute (US version) and in both episodes so far, all the women are birthing on their backs and rarely seem to move around. So different to the UK version!

    So I'm curious - what position did you intend on labouring/delivering in and what actually happened on the day?

    I intended to labour in the shower & bath and/or walk, bounce etc. I tried the bath and it made the pain worse! I actually spent most of my time lying on the bed on my side, and after a stupidly long labour and about 12hrs of contractions 2-3mins apart I had an epidural and eventually a forceps delivery on the bed and lying back - so not exactly what I expected but going into my third day of labour I wanted that baby out!!

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    I never really had any ideas about what position i would be in. I changed positions a lot in my 4 labours but i always thought on all 4's rocking felt best and I gave birth with my knees on the floor and my arms/ head resting on the bed. I made the midwife have to get down to catch them lol.

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    Oh my gosh!!! Where/when is the US One Born Every Minute playing???? Oh no I've missed two episodes already!!

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    I spent almost all of my labour reclining in the bath. I tried to get out a few times, and walk around/bounce on the birthing ball or whatever, but I just wanted to stay in the bath.
    The midwife told me (even though they don't usually allow it at that hospital) that I could birth in the bath if I wanted to, but I found that once the pain became really intense, I didn't want to be in there anymore.

    Toward the tail end of the labour, I was exhausted, because I'd been awake for ages, and had a horrible sleep the night before, so all I wanted was to lie on the bed. I dozed between contractions, even at the very end when there wasn't much of a gap in between.
    When it was time to push, with the encouragement of the midwives, I tried going on all fours, but didn't stay that way for long.
    I ended up on my back again, and really, that was the only position I wanted to be in. They lowered the bottom end of the bed so that gravity was on my side, but yeah. I always pictured myself having a really active labour...there's so much stigma about birthing on your back being terrible, but when it came down to it, that's all I wanted to do
    You just have to go with the flow and do whatever your body is telling you at the time, I find.

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    I'm hoping to have a water birth but I'm really open minded do whatever happens happens I guess. I never knew there were different positions to give birth in till I got pregnant and did an antenatal class lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    Oh my gosh!!! Where/when is the US One Born Every Minute playing???? Oh no I've missed two episodes already!!
    It's on Thursday's nights on SBS at 930pm Perth time!

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    I intended to labour in the shower & bath and/or walk, bounce etc. I tried the bath and it made the pain worse! I actually spent most of my time lying on the bed on my side, and after a stupidly long labour and about 12hrs of contractions 2-3mins apart I had an epidural and eventually a forceps delivery on the bed and lying back - so not exactly what I expected but going into my third day of labour I wanted that baby out!![/QUOTE]

    This sounds very similar to me, though.. Wanted to be able to go in the shower or walk around if I felt the need but due to almost passing out early on, I spent all my time on my side, till pushing stage where I was on my back aswell..

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    Oh my gosh!!! Where/when is the US One Born Every Minute playing???? Oh no I've missed two episodes already!!
    Lol, I watch it on the SBS website

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristybabe View Post
    It's on Thursday's nights on SBS at 930pm Perth time!
    Hooray! Thankyou, set to record. Now I just have to track down copies of the two eps I missed!

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    I never had any premeditated positions for any of my births. I labored in water for all of them, on my side with DS1 which was all the hospital bath allowed, on my hands and knees with DS2 and on my hands and knees/floating on my back with DD. I birthed DS1 on my left side on the bed hubby was holding my right leg on his shoulder. I birthed DS2 in a kneeling on one knee with the other leg out knee bent a bit, I was upright. I birthed DD kneeling I think? I must of been because I grabbed her out of the water if I was leaning back I wouldn't of been able to grab her that quickly. It was dark and hubby didn't take much notice of how I was sitting lol.

    DS2 and DD were both born at home in a birth pool


 

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