Effective Labor Positions

These positions are all helpful for labor.  Ask your Doula or other member of your labor support team to help!

Abdominal Lift

  • Best for mom’s with lax abdominal tone
  • Takes pressure off back
  • Improves position of the baby in the pelvis

Straddling Chair

  • Good resting posture
  • Access to back for counterpressure
  • Some gravity advantage
  • Straddling may help open pelvis

Standing, Leaning on Bed

  • Gravity Advantage
  • Open access for back massage
  • Relieves back pain
  • May help with rotation


  • Encourages rotation of OP
  • May help with back pain

Kneeling at Bedside

  • Some gravity advantage
  • Open access for back massage
  • Helps relieve back pain
  • Easier on joints than kneeling alone
  • May help with rotation

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