The Pelvic Floor Project

33. What is the best birth position?

December 06, 2021 Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries Season 1 Episode 33
The Pelvic Floor Project
33. What is the best birth position?
Show Notes

In this episode, I sit down with registered midwife, Erin Sloan to discuss: 

  • The path baby needs to take during a vaginal birth
  • How the pelvis and pelvic floor are related
  • How different positions can help the baby’s descent and path
  • How I incorporate birth positions into my practice as a pelvic health physiotherapist
  • The benefits of practicing a variety of positions
  • How different props can be used
  • How an epidural may affect positioning
  • How you and your birth partner can advocate for different positions in your birth

Erin graduated from Laurentian University midwifery program in 2013 and has been working in Kelowna for 8 years at Maternity Care Westside. MCW is a collaboration between midwives, physicians and nurses and we aim to provide an informed, empowered and friendly experience. I love providing maternity care and can’t imagine doing anything else! 

Links mentioned in episode:

Episode 17 - Discussing epidurals with an anesthesiologist: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1722389/8746826

Spinning Babies: https://www.spinningbabies.com

A review and comparison of common maternal positions during the second-stage of labor

Huang et al - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31728401/

Effect of maternal birth positions on duration of second stage of labor: systematic review and meta-analysis

Berta et al - https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-019-2620-0

Effects of flexible sacrum positions during the second stage of labour on maternal and neonatal outcomes: A systematic review and meta‐analysis.

Zang et al - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32531856/

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