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Positions in labour and birth

When women and birthing people give birth on TV or in films, they tend to spend their labour lying back on a hospital bed. But most women will move around a lot during labour and will change position as their labour progresses and the baby changes position.

Moving around, staying upright and changing position can:

  • ease the pain
  • help you cope
  • make you feel in control of your labour
  • increase your chances of a shorter labour
  • push the baby downwards
  • help you find the best position for giving birth.
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