+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Brisbane North
    Posts
    4,460
    Thanks
    1,581
    Thanked
    1,802
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default what is the best position to be in when attempting a vaginal birth?

    what worked for you? tips please!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    1,880
    Thanks
    1,521
    Thanked
    972
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I was sitting on the floor with a bean bag behind me so was up at 90 degrees. DP was sitting next to me with one arm around me and the other arm holding one of my knees up, so I was resting in his arm in between contractions. Worked well for me, I only pushed for 16 mins and didn't have to move at all when she was plopped on my chest straight away

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    1,334
    Thanks
    513
    Thanked
    289
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I squatted on my knees in the bath (waterbirth).
    Then just whilst her head was out but not body yet, middy told me to try and lean back a bit for when she came out to be put on my chest.

    Squatting helps with gravity. I pushed for 8-10 mins, first time mum.

    If I had of been made to lay on a bed on my back it would of been the worse thing ever, I had to lay down for an internal and to get my waters broken and it was the hardest and worst part of my whole labour

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    4,222
    Thanks
    894
    Thanked
    3,218
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Definitely not on your back. I tore when I was on my back.

    #2 I just could not get comfortable. Tried everything. I eventually ended up laying on my side with husband holding my leg up. It wasn't all that comfortable but neither was anything else that day.

    #3 I actually gave birth standing up, seconds after they burst into the bathroom and reefed me up off of the toilet LOL. Baby literally fell out. No pushing. Infact they were yelling at me to NOT push. Very easy birth that one!

  5. #5
    Theophania's Avatar
    Theophania is offline 'see what had happened was..there were these three ninjas and a blue monkey and well it really wasn't my fault..'
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    3,075
    Thanks
    819
    Thanked
    832
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I birthed DD in a kinda squatting on one knee. Gave DD plenty of room to find her way through the birth canal.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,657
    Thanks
    1,208
    Thanked
    3,836
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    With DS I was on my back. I wouldn't recommend that (it led to needing vacuum assistance and an episiotomy).

    With DD I gave birth standing up because it was so quick, she fell out of me (no pushing) just 16 minutes after I got into the delivery suite, only just made it to the hospital on time. Contractions are so much more comfortable when standing (still hurt, but less so than on your back). I still tore though (2nd degree), but probably because DD was 4.2kg and came out with her hand on the side of her head, and the fact that it was so quick.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    1,880
    Thanks
    1,521
    Thanked
    972
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    Contractions are so much more comfortable when standing (still hurt, but less so than on your back).
    Agreed, I planned to birth in the bath but I couldn't tolerate not being able to stand! Standing with the shower pointed at my lower back was such relief.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    404
    Thanks
    59
    Thanked
    51
    Reviews
    0
    Agree with back - don't even try! Had to lay back for internal once I got to hospital and hated it pain seemed to shoot right up my spine and was 10 times worse.

    Try different things if where you are doesn't feel right. I was standing with arms on the bed and moved to knees on the bed with the back up at the right hight for me to rest head, chest and arms on.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    215
    Thanks
    78
    Thanked
    24
    Reviews
    2
    I was on my knees, leaning over a bean bag. It wouldn't have looked very attractive from behind but it was very comfortable. I didn't tear. My whole labour was only 5 hours. I was never on my back and focussed on breathing. I believe it helped a lot. I plan on being in the same position for when this bub is born. Good luck!

  10. #10
    Made in England's Avatar
    Made in England is offline thought it was about time I put something other than 'senior member'...
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Rockhampton, Qld
    Posts
    537
    Thanks
    156
    Thanked
    50
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    With DD1, I was on the bed with feet in stirrups, after labouring stood up for 14 hours (was knackered!). It took 2 hours to push her out, so not the best position.

    DD2 (born 2 weeks ago) I was stood up and pushed her out in 4 pushes. So much easier!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Did accupuncture or a chiropracter help you in regards to achieving a vaginal birth?
    By GlitterFarts in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-10-2012, 15:47
  2. Vaginal Bleeding :(
    By Babyiloveyou in forum Pregnancy Health Issues
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 16-07-2012, 17:41
  3. Replies: 36
    Last Post: 22-03-2012, 13:51

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
WaterWipes
Give your babies bottom a gift this Xmas! They are the only wipe made using just water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract and may help avoid nappy rash. Check out the great reviews on bubhub and see our website for more info and availability.
sales & new stuffsee all
True Fairies
True Fairies is the first interactive website where children can engage and speak with a real fairy through the unique webcam fairy portal. Each session is tailored to the child, and is filled with enchantment and magic.
Visit website to find out more!
featured supporter
Sarah Tooke Childbirth & Parenting Education
Providing private, personalised antenatal childbirth & parenting education to expectant parents in the comfort of their own home. Sessions are flexible, including everything that hospital based programs cover. Click to find out more!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!