You may find that certain positions are more comfortable than others
during the pushing stage of labor. Speak to your health professional about
different birthing positions before your labor begins.
- Kneeling, getting down on your
knees and hands, or leaning onto a birthing ball may help to take pressure off
your back. This position might help with
- Squatting may help you push
- Lying on your back in a semi-reclining position with your legs
supported by stirrups is a common birthing position used in the United States.
While pushing, your health professional may have you grab behind your knees and
- Lying on your side is helpful if you are tired of lying on
- Some birthing centers use a birthing stool or chair during the pushing stage. A birthing chair may make you feel more comfortable.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||November 2, 2011|