Choosing A Birthing Position

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Choosing A Birthing Position

There are several birthing positions. What you choose is entirely up to you and your care provider and whether or not you are giving birth in a hospital, birthing center or at home. The choices consist of back lying (most hospitals use this), side-lying, all fours (crawling position), sitting, squatting, and standing. Whatever position you choose, you may have to practice - such as squatting - because it requires the use of strong arms and legs. Also, depending upon your health and the health of the baby, you may be limited with your choices. If you have a strong preference - talk with your doctor or midwife well in advance of your due date.



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