How Posture Changes Baby’s Position For Birth

Lesly Federici

Lesly Federici is an experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse (RN), She's been teaching childbirth education for over 15 years. She currently teaches Mindful Meditation to expectant couples. Lslynotes has been helping women globally prepare for childbirth online since 1998. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you!

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  1. Great article Lesly! I also believe this can help mean the diffeence between having a natural chilbirth or getting a C-section. I have heard too many stories of young women who had planned a natural childbirth but once in the hospital they were made to lay down on their backs which goes against what you’re talking about here. Why do they have these women lay on their backs while starting labor as this would seem to restrict the blood flow to the baby from compression to the abdominal artery?
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    • Lesly says:

      Hey Dr. C ,
      Great question! Doctors have been using the “on the back” position for many years, since the late 1800’s in the USA. It is s-l-o-w-l-y changing. In the hospital where I teach we actually encourage moms to get up and move, even with an epidural. I think as more evidence proves that lying on the back is unproductive for labor, it will change. And as more women demand it, it will change. But women have to be educated BEFORE seeing a doctor. Thanks for the visit and post! 🙂

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