for my pregnant followers. I gave birth to my second child on my knees leaning forwards. Much easier than my first birth, which I was reclining (so not quite laying down) with the hospital bed raised up.
Great information on why laboring lying down on your back is the worst option for most women. Also provides positions you can try instead.
From the article:
A French study done by Alliance Francophone pour l’Accouchement Respecté (AFAR), or the French-speaking Alliance for the Respected Childbirth, in May of 2005 confirmed that upright or ambulatory birth positions are favorable for a variety of reasons, including fetal oxygenation. The study goes on to say, “the purported advantages of ambulation in the upright position during labor include enhancement of the pelvic diameter, increased coordination, frequency and intensity of uterine contractions, increased maternal comfort and satisfaction and improved neonatal outcome (higher Apgar scores), decreased perception of labor pain, decreased need for labor augmentation, and decreased requirements for labor analgesia.”