Wait a minute…I Don’t Have to Push on My Back??

Many parents arrive to the delivery room with the expectation that their baby will be born via the traditional lithotomy position (back-lying, legs up in stirrups). However, this is not the only birthing position, nor is it necessarily the best one for every woman. A multitude of positions exist and current research suggests that utilizing a variety of positions during the active phase of labor (i.e. pushing) may be beneficial. Not only are you able to try different positions while you push, you should be encouraged to do so whenever possible!

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