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

    what worked for you? tips please!

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    I birthed DD in a kinda squatting on one knee. Gave DD plenty of room to find her way through the birth canal.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!


 

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