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Squatting or semi-squatting is an excellent birthing position in that it uses gravity to help with the pushing stage. The squatting position requires strength and should not be attempted by someone who has not prepared with exercises beforehand. Some hospitals have "squatting bars" for the laboring mom to hang on to - or two people can help to hold her up by standing on either side of her. There is also a birthing stool which allows the mom to sit over a cut-out - allowing the "squatting" position to work.