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Per the article by Dekker, What is the Evidence for Pushing Position, “Most women in the U.S. give birth either lying on their backs (57%) or in the semi-sitting/ lying position with the head of the bed raised up (35%). A small minority of women give birth in alternative positions such as side lying (4%), squatting or sitting (3%), or hand-knees position (1%).” During the second stage of labor, the recumbent position, in which the patient is lying on their back with the hips and knees flexed, has been the ‘gold standard’ position used in the hospital setting. Is the recumbent position the most effective position for natural childbirth, or are alternative birthing positions being overlooked and something to be considered for better outcomes? Could an alternative position be a better method for natural childbirth and aid in the reduction of complications?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2007) Intrapartum guidelines state that during the first stage of labour women should be encouraged to adopt the position they feel most comfortable in. This is what the student was trying to encourage even though her mentor did not.There are various positions the woman can adopt in labour which are generally grouped into upright and recumbent. The positions classed as upright are; standing, walking, kneeling, squatting, on all fours and sitting, and the recumbent position could include; supine, lithotomy, semi-recumbent or side lying (Johnson and Taylor, 2011). The upright position appeared to be more beneficial in Sarah’s case and the author wants to determine if this is always the case. It is evident that sometimes there will be constraints such as continuous fetal monitoring but it is important that the midwife does
A cesarean section is a surgical birthing procedure that requires the doctor to cut through the mother’s abdominal wall to remove the baby and the placenta. According to Kozhimannil (2013), from 1996 to 2011, the rate of cesarean sections increased from 20.7 percent to 32.8 percent. Many situations and circumstances can complicate birth and endanger the life of the mother and baby forcing a cesarean section. The position of the fetus is one of those dangers. The normal position of a fetus before delivery is head-down, in the cephalic position. If the baby is not in that position, vaginal delivery can be deadly for the mother and the fetus. There are a few positions that
Every parent knows that holding on to a child who is wet with water or sweat can be tricky. They get slippery and difficult to hold onto. That can turn a little summer fun into something that is not as much fun as you may have hoped it would be. A water baby carrier is designed to help parents hold onto their little one when they are in the water or out enjoying all that summer has to offer. The water-friendly baby carrier you choose will make it easier to enjoy all aspects of summer without causing you or your little one to be hotter than necessary and they also work in showers or any number of other activities that may involve moisture.
In the "sitting" position, the rounded shape of the TummyTub helps to support your baby. You only need to support your baby's head under the chin. The advantage is that you always have one free hand to wash and comfort your baby. In the "floating" position you have one hand under your baby's chin, the other at the back of the head or you can place both your hands under your baby's armpits.
Always strap small children securely into the harnesses of high chairs and child carriers. When a baby is in a child carrier, do not leave the carrier on any high surface. Always rest it on the ground.
The fifth step is swinging. When the baby is in the utero he/she is constantly being jiggled around. Simulating this will help relax the baby and make
Maintain the natural curve of the spine, keeping the spine in line, create a stable base of support with your legs slightly apart, your knees slightly bent. Avoid stooping, bending at the waist and twisting.
physics of birth; moving from sitting and squatting, which was used historically by midwives and
To begin, lie supine (on your back). Fold your knees and keep your feet hip distance apart on the floor, ten to twelve inches from your pelvis, with your knees and ankles in a straight line. With your arms beside your body, place your palms faced down.