Guide to labour positions: the good and the bad

If you watch any movie about giving birth, you may think you’re gong to spend most of your time in the delivery room flat on your back with your knees up! The reality is that this is not the best option. According to recent research, labour positions are actually vitally important to a successful delivery. Get it wrong and you could hinder your birthing experience.

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The labour positions you choose should be the most comfortable for you but they can also lead to a faster and easier birth. Here are the labour positions that will aid the second stage of labour (the delivery part) and also which positions are best avoided.

The best labour positions are those that allow you to progress comfortably. You can assume one or more positions during active labour. It depends on how you feel and what you feel is best during that moment. Your doctor and midwife will be able to recommend positions which will help too.

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