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    Default Will the midwife / doctor try to make me birth on my back?

    I was just reading on another thread that its much easier to give birth in positions other than your back. I've only even seen births on TV lol so I just thought everyone did it on their back. Will I have to have an argument with the midwife if I want to try it in another position other than on my back, or are they used to people being in different positions?

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    As long as it is cool with the baby, you can do it however you like! I know for me I was most comfortable on my back when it came time to push, but before that I was walking, on all fours, on a swiss ball etc. whatever felt most comfortable.

    Most Ob's & midwive's will accommodate your wants & needs if there are no issues.

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    I would just let them know you want an active labour and birth, best way to achieve that is to avoid induction and intervention unless medically required and to also avoid CTG monitoring

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    The middies at DS's birth were great with encouraging me to try different positions - I ended up leaning over the raised bed head,

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    At my hospital they encouraged active birth (Monash Clayton, public). I was allowed to do whatever I wanted.

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    When in labour with my DD my Ob tried to get me off my back (was a bit too focused to listen to reason by that time tho and was too late)!

    As far as I know only in America do they tend to dictate position. A friend of mine had her DS there some years ago and she had to lie on her back with legs in stirrups :O

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    From my own personal experiences they do prefer to get you on your back to push. I don't understand why?? I was on my back for my first which ended in an emergency cesarean however I was squatting with DD and the midwives would have done anything to get me on that darn bed. I have been in 4 other births and all of those were on their back. One I tried to encourage onto her knees (my younger sister) but everytime she did they talked her back into gettin on her back and she ended up with another emergency cesarean.

    I say don't let them dictate how you birth, just do what is comfortable for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theophania View Post
    From my own personal experiences they do prefer to get you on your back to push. I don't understand why?? I was on my back for my first which ended in an emergency cesarean however I was squatting with DD and the midwives would have done anything to get me on that darn bed. I have been in 4 other births and all of those were on their back. One I tried to encourage onto her knees (my younger sister) but everytime she did they talked her back into gettin on her back and she ended up with another emergency cesarean.

    I say don't let them dictate how you birth, just do what is comfortable for you.
    OMG, your posts sounds EXACTLY what happened to me twice. this time i have hired a doula and i want to try everything possible for a natural birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theophania View Post
    From my own personal experiences they do prefer to get you on your back to push. I don't understand why?? I was on my back for my first which ended in an emergency cesarean however I was squatting with DD and the midwives would have done anything to get me on that darn bed. I have been in 4 other births and all of those were on their back. One I tried to encourage onto her knees (my younger sister) but everytime she did they talked her back into gettin on her back and she ended up with another emergency cesarean.

    I say don't let them dictate how you birth, just do what is comfortable for you.
    This is my concern... I know that they're the experts but I want to do as much a possible to have a natural birth, and I've read that being on your back is more likely to lead to intervention. I'll have my mum in there with me and she's a tough cookie that has been through 4 of her own births so I'm sure she'll speak up if I'm not getting my way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minchi View Post
    OMG, your posts sounds EXACTLY what happened to me twice. this time i have hired a doula and i want to try everything possible for a natural birth.
    I had a doula for my VBAC and it made a world of difference, if it wasn't for her I am sure I would have been on the bed


 

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