|Posted by Live Love Mom on February 25, 2021 at 8:15 AM|
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree
Maybe you've heard mothers rave about how easy their labor was, or how fast their baby's birth was. Maybe some mothers told you how they loved their upright birthing position, or how different their birth was from the last. Maybe you want to fact-check your midwife, doula or medical provider who told you that upright positions are best for labor and delivery.
After going to school as a doula, we learn many things about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. This was one of those things that we learned, and we know to encourage pregnant, laboring and birthing women to do. Here are some facts showing benefits to laboring and giving birth in an upright position, whether it's standing, crouching, sitting, or leaning.
- In 2017, research revealed that mothers who gave birth in an upright position have a 25% less chance of getting an episiotomy and a 25% decreased chance of needing forceps or a vacuum and a 54% decreased risk of tearing.
- The baby has a 54% less chance of being in distress if it's born while the mother is in an upright position.
- Your contractions are the most effective. Certain preliminary studies have shown that an upright position during labor is just as effective as using pitocin to stimulate contractions.
- The duration of the first stage of labor, where the mother is dilated 3 to 10 centimeters, can be considerably reduced if the mother remains upright, active and mobile.
- It's been proven that an upright birth reduced medical birth assistance by 23% and 21% of episiotomies.
- It's been proven that staying in an upright position reduces the amount of time women are in the second stage of labor, also known as pushing.
- If a woman stays upright during her labor and birth, her chances of getting a cesarian is reduced by 29%.
- Being upright during labor and birth can free up 28% to 30% of room in your pelvis, which leaves room for your baby to be born.