Whether you have decided to give birth at home, at the hospital or at a birthing center, there are many items that can be provided by your medical professional to assist in an easier and more comfortable delivery. Midwives and OBGYN's have access to items such as birthing balls, stools and other items that could be found in their practice or around the house to provide easier labor.
Read below as we have listed 10 amazing items and positions that you can give birth in that may be a lot easier than laying on your back. Whether it's a standing position or squatting position, many of these options allow gravity to work at its best. Accompanied with birthing tools, be sure to be prepared for some extra inspiration to assist in your labor. Get your note pad out, you'll want to record some, if not all, of these in preparation for the big day.
10 TOWEL WHILE ON BACK
When you are experiencing labor, every single experience is different. You may find one position to be comfortable at one moment, and while pushing, a different one to work better than the last. That's ok. And, if pushing while on your back helps, by all means- get on your back!
A great addition to back laboring is holding onto a towel while your Doctor/Partner/Nurse holds the other end by your feet. Think of it as a tug-a-war game... while you push out a tiny human. The resistance will help with the pushing while you deliver your sweet bundle of joy.
9 STOOL FOR SQUATING
Birthing stools come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Many classic birthing stools offered by midwives are small, short and brown; sort of like the framing of a portable toilet.
You can purchase ones that blow up like the photograph above, as well. Either way, this position will open up your centre and allow gravity to bring the baby down during each contraction.
8 BED/DESK WHILE STANDING
Listen to your body. If it is telling you it's most comfortable standing; then stand. While on your feet, lean against something at hip's height. Whether it be the bed, a desk or a dresser, this can be enough support to get you through those final pushes.
Spread your legs open, the baby may come fast than you think in this very active position.
7 BED ON ALL FOURS
Many people presume hospital bed (or their own beds) must be laid in to give birth. The classic position, while on your back, may not be comfortable for many laboring mothers. If you flip over to be on your knees and hands, this gives your body the ability to physically move forwards and downwards during each contraction.
Again, you must listen to your body and do what it's telling you it wants to do. You can easily deliver the child in this position, as well.
6 PARTNER/SUPPORTER WHILE LEANING
Don't be surprised if your medical professional insists that you continue to walk up and down those hospital hallways in order to speed up your labor. While doing so, the baby may make an entrance sooner than you expect.
In this case, someone who is your support, whether a doula, partner or doctor will likely be near your side. Physically lean on them during each contraction. Having them there for emotional and physical support will be very helpful.
5 SHOWER HANDLE WHILE SQUATING
Hot water may help speed the labor up, while other times it may relax your body too much and slow it down. Either way, the shower may be the most comfortable spot for a person to naturally labor it.
While in the shower, ensure you have somewhere you can rest and lean. A hospital shower tends to have a metal bar which is very convenient for delivery and labor. You're welcome to put as much pressure on the bar as possible; squeeze it as hard as you want, too. There's no telling how strong a person can become during those contractions.
4 TOILET WHILE SITTING
Similarly to the birthing stool, the toilet is actually a great place to labor. Not only will your body be pushing out bowel movements more frequently to ensure it's ready for baby's arrival, but this position opens the body up to ready itself for birth.
The toilet is actually a very comfortable and convenient place to labor right up until delivery. Many times the baby arrives right beside the toilet, if not in! But, we suggest to get up to ensure the baby can fall into someone's arms rather than a (potentially dirty) bowl of water.
3 CHAIR WHILE KNEELING
A classic position while laboring is resting on a chair, on your partner's lap or against a bed. Having your body in this angle allows for it to relax while gravity takes its toll on the baby's position inside of the womb.
By resting on the chair, you may be able to muster up some energy before pushing out the child. And, when it comes time to, you can deliver while in this position if your medical professional believes to be comfortable catching the baby.
2 POOL DURING CHILD’S POSE
When you picture someone giving birth in a birthing pool, often you see them on their back. If this is most comfortable, by all means! You must (again) listen to your body while in labor. It will tell you what it needs to do.
If the water is most comfortable for you and it is shallow enough to do so, flip onto your knees and bend your body down to stretch your arms slightly forward. The baby may benefit from this position by reading its body to be pushed out, while you get to be in a more comfortable position during those contractions.
1 BIRTH POLE WHILE POSITIONED ANY WAY
A Birthing Pole is a very common item that midwives and doctors bring out if asked. Many people do not know of their existence, so if this item intrigues you, speak to your medical professional to see if they offer one at the time of the delivery.
A Birthing Pole may be used in lieu of the towel as mentioned in number one. It can provide resistance, pull and pressure to areas where need be. It is convenient for active labor to reduce pain by focusing on pulling during your pushing.