So we just came back from my Prenatal appointment a few hours ago, and I asked my doctor a bunch of questions I thought up to know what to prepare myself for when the time comes. When I asked if laboring women are free to move about, he said no, because it endangers the mother. Now I love my doctor, and my fiance and I were pertty satisfied - considering the fact that it will be a hospital birth - of what wasn't routine. I have very few complaints, and even then, the things that are routine I can't really complain about! I know "having it your way"(golly I'm hungry...) is a lot to ask for in a hospital setting, so I really feel like we've struck it lucky. Besides, the stuff I really care about isn't even routine, and done only if the mother wants it. So really, not being able to move around (except for going to the bathroom) during labor isn't a huge deal to me. ...But SHOULD it be?
I can understand perhaps the Birthing Staff fears if laboring mom walks around that a particularly hard contraction might make her keel over and wind up hurting herself and/or the baby. At least, I'm assuming that's their reasoning. So how important, truly, is walking around during labor? Can shifting positions accomplish the same task by helping it move along?