15Sticking To One Position

When a woman goes in for labor, the first thing that is done is to put in an intravenous, ‘just in case.' The medics are quick to tell her to stay on the bed and even go as far as to strap her down with fetal heart rate monitors. This

position is meant to make it convenient for them to keep monitoring the progress of labor, as well as make it easier to do a cervical exam.

This is all well and good but the problem with laboring on the back is that it slows down labor, seeing as one is working against gravity. Staying in one position, and on the back for that matter, can increase the intensity of labor pains. While it is quite inconveniencing for the nurses to help a woman who is on the move and keeps changing positions, it is their duty to make sure they cope with whatever makes the mom comfortable.

A squatting mom is more comfortable and is most likely to cut her laboring time since in this case gravity will be on her side. Even though most doctors will not allow alternative methods of labor apart from the labor on the back method, a good mother knows that it is her right to demand what is best for her and her baby.

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