Fetal Positions for Labor and Birth

 

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To help prevent or decrease pain during labor and encourage the baby to move into a better position for delivery, mothers can try a variety of position. These fetal positions can include: Occiput or cephalic posterior position: Sometimes the baby is positioned head down as it should be, but other times it Frank breech: In a frank breech, the baby’s buttocks lead the way into the birth canal. The hips are flexed, the knees Complete breech: In. If the head is high and not yet engaged in the birth canal, it may float away from their fingers. At this stage, the fetal station is -5.

When your baby’s head is. Standing lunge. Place one foot on a chair, stretching your muscles and ligaments on that side. This can help if your baby’s head is tilted to one side or your labor has slowed.

Use this position only if it feels good and doesn’t cause pain in your pelvis, hips, or knees. Fetal Positions – 3D animation, anterior, posterior, transverse, breech. Positions for First Stage – upright, forward-leaning, asymmetrical, side-lying, positions with epidural, fatigue, and monitoring.

Positions for Second Stage – sitting, hands and knees, squatting, side-lying, disadvantage of pushing when flat on back. Some helpful maternal positions in pregnancy are: Sitting with your hips higher than your knees. Sitting with your back straight and your rib cage lifted off your middle.

Sitting on a firm exercise ball that allows your hips to be level with your knees or higher than your knees. The occiput anterior—left or right—position (remember, that’s when baby is head-down looking inward toward mama’s spine) is the ideal fetal position for birth. (source). In other words, some people assigned to upright positions may have been upright for the passive second stage of labor but lying down for active pushing and/or birth. The researchers defined upright positions as sitting on a birthing stool or cushion, kneeling, hands-and-knees, and squatting.

Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth, with the head moving closer to the birth canal. In a vaginal breech delivery, electronic fetal monitoring will be used to monitor the baby’s heartbeat throughout the course of labor. Labor & Birth Terms to Kno. Best Birthing Positions Squatting birth positions. Squats aren’t only great to do during labor, but they’re also among the popular birthing Reclining birth positions.

Childbirth is hard work, and you might need to take a break—which is why many women opt for Birthing stool positions. A.

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The ideal position for both mother and baby at the onset of labour is for the baby to lie with its back facing to the front of the mother’s abdomen in an ‘anterior’ position, with the baby well flexed and the head placed over the pelvic brim ready to engage.

“Well Balanced Child” by Sally
from Well Balanced Child
by Sally
Hawthorn Press Limited, 2014

If the feel of the stomach surface tells the midwife the baby is in the wrong position, then the mother is made to place her head on the pounding stone, which is set into the floor, and five or six women support her as she balances there, upside down with her legs in the air.

“Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics Volume 1; Cultures -” by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember
from Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures Topics Volume 1; Cultures –
by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember
Springer US, 2003

Other upright positions for the birth include standing and kneeling upright positions.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

This so-called occiput anterior position is ideal for birth because your baby’s head is lined up to fit through your pelvis as easily and comfortably as possible, smallest head part first.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

With the baby’s left leg flexed in the palm of the right hand, the head of the femur is held between the midwife’s right thumb, on the inner side of the thigh opposite the lesser trochanter, and the middle longest finger, over the greater trochanter.

“Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
from Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice E-Book
by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

In the supine position, the infant of 28 to 32 weeks’ gestational age lies in a frog-like position with the lower limbs extended and the hips abducted.

“Pediatric Nursing: An Introductory Text” by Debra L. Price, Julie F. Gwin
from Pediatric Nursing: An Introductory Text
by Debra L. Price, Julie F. Gwin
Elsevier Saunders, 2008

See Chapter 19 for further discussion of positioning during labor and birth.

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Although there is nothing magical about a particular position, with help in the hospital the mother can be encouraged to try a few different positions to find out what is most comfortable for her and her infant (Table 7-2).

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by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

FIGURE 5.1 Maternal positions for labor and birth.

“Intrapartum Management Modules: A Perinatal Education Program” by Betsy B. Kennedy, Donna Jean Ruth, Elizabeth Jean Martin
from Intrapartum Management Modules: A Perinatal Education Program
by Betsy B. Kennedy, Donna Jean Ruth, Elizabeth Jean Martin
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

The most favorable position for birth is usually the OA (occiput anterior) position.

“The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth” by Penny Simkin
from The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth
by Penny Simkin
Harvard Common Press, 2001

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