Last time around, I found a video of a woman catching her baby as she birthed on her knees. That looked awesome, so I planned for it-- had a sheepskin out on the floor with chux pad ready, but it was horribly uncomfortable and I had to flip back to my old standby, left-side-lying. (Still got to catch the baby myself, which was great!) This time I'd like to try for a birth stool squat or a waterbirth. Anyone else thinking about this yet, have any plans or visualizations?
Do you have a birth position planned?
Due to DS's odd exit position, I got to spend most of my pushing time in a not so desirable position. Then at the very end I squatted and pushed him out completely. Pushing was so much easier while squatting!!
This time? I'd lovelovelove to be in water, squatting or semi-sitting. That's what I'm planning, that's what I'm telling all my birth attendents.
I think I am going to try birthing on my side although I am having a hard time visualizing exactly how that would work. I really want to avoid tearing again and read that this is a good position to try for that reason. It seems like it would be difficult to push like this but maybe that is the point?
During the birth of my daughter I was in a semi-reclining position and hell bent on getting her out. I think my total pushing stage was twenty minutes tops. Maybe side lying will slow me down. Anyway who knows how it will go in the heat of the moment but this is what I am shooting for.
Simonsez, now that you say that, I think that's why they encouraged me to side-lie with my first-- I was absolutely terrified of tearing (hadn't yet read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth!). I needed someone to help my hold my right (top) leg up and back, but didn't find it difficult to push in that position. Of course I have nothing to compare to.
With my DD (baby #2), I was side-lying, but she was pretty much crowning by the time I got in that position. I wanted to be side-lying with baby #3, but when I tried to lie down it was so uncomfortable that I popped right back up again. I ended up on hands and knees on the floor. I think I would have liked to be more kneeling with my torso straighter as wendelberry described, but would need someone(s) to help hold me in that position. That baby also had a nuchal hand, so it may have been necessary for me to be in on hands and knees to get him out.
I know my midwife is big on making sure women are open to a variety of birthing positions so they feel comfortable picking one that seems right to them at the time (which may vary depending on the position/size of the baby). She only suggests a change if there doesn't appear to be any progress or if baby's HR indicates that he doesn't like the position. In my experience as an assistant, the vast majority of women I've seen birth at home end up on their hands and knees, with a few side-lying and a few standing.
I'm planning to....improvise! I started pushing on all fours last time for a few contractions then i ended up squatting on the floor at the edge of my bed with dp supporting me from behind. I think it's a good idea to be open to anything that seems to be working for you and baby : )
be ready to switch it up a little bit!
I like being on my hands and knees, or kneeling with my arms raised on something. Like the edge of a bed or tub.
I pushed out the heads that way of my last 2 but needed to switch it back to more sitting/laying back because of shoulders being a little sticky. You never know how the baby is going to position itself or how you'll feel, so I just leave everything open and just try any position that gives me relief or strength to push. One thing that drives me insane though is holding my own legs or thighs to push. I can only concentrate on one task at hand at that point....
I imagine I'll try different things and see how it goes. I have a Birth Pool in a Box which has a "stool" in it. My MIL is going to find the birth stool she has. I plan to fix up the couch and bed if I need to recline at a 45* angle or lay on the side for a while. I figure I'll be all over the place but I really hope to push him out in the pool.