Did you know that when women follow their own body cues more often than not, they put themselves in an upright position?
In fact, upright delivery is associated with more effective contractions, a lower incidence of fetal distress, less interventions, and shorter labors.
Whether your are birthing with your husband, doula, mother or friend, you'll want to practice partner-supported birth positions together before labor begins. Why? This helps you visualize what positions you can go-to for labor. It is also important to practice these positions with your birth partner prior to birth so that you can both understand together how they work and be comfortable with them as well. Safety is important to, especially with the dangle positions. You'll want to be sure to fine-tune these prior to labor so you are safe.
Not all these positions will be comfortable for you. And hey--you may not be the kind of person in labor who wants to be touched (I wasn't so much). But regardless,...