The pros and cons of 11 common labor positions.
Good for resting.
Can be used with continuous electronic fetal monitoring.
May not be possible if you have high blood pressure.
Encourages rapid descent.
May increase rotation of baby.
Allows freedom to shift your weight for comfort.
Allows excellent perineal access.
Excellent for fetal circulation.
May increase pelvis diameter by as much as 2 centimeters.
Requires less bearing-down effort.
Descent is encouraged by the position.
Your thighs keep baby well aligned.
Sometimes hard for health-care provider to hear fetal heart tones.
May be hard for you to assist in birth if you wish to do so.