Labor Positions on the Pelvic Floor for Practitioners
When pregnant clients are wanting advice on laboring positions during childbirth I always like to share with them that the best thing they can do is listen to their body to figure out what position feels best for them – that takes top priority in any birth. I like to educate my clients on what I feel might be best for them based on what I find going on in their body, specifically their pelvis, but I always remind them that they need to listen to their body to see what it wants to do.
If you are a labor support personnel in the birth room, you may offer suggestions of positions for your client to use, but whether or not your client does them is up to how it feels in their body. Remember, birth is a dance between baby and the body. Your clients should move in a way that feels good to them that helps allow the baby to come out.
I feel if more moms got assessed to make sure their body was ready for birth we’d possibly impact the rising Cesarean section rate. I teach bodyworkers how to do so in my Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant body course. You also learn the mechanics of birth and how to facilitate the movement of the pelvic bones during the different stages of labor to help in supporting clients during the birth process. Just as importantly, understanding what is really happening to the pelvis and pelvic floor with different positions during birth can be really helpful for healing afterward.
In this video, I have a fun discussion with Michele who is an experienced doula and massage therapist. We discuss the different positions you can encourage your clients to use during labor and their effect on the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles for healing afterward.
No matter what positions are used we need to help moms understand there is help in getting the pelvic bones back to their normal alignment after birth. Becoming a Birth Healing Specialist can give you the resources and skills to understand why the position your client was in during the time the baby came out is so important to know to help rebalance the pelvic bones back to their original position. Healing moms after birth is my specialty and I love sharing knowledge with birth professionals to help them better support their clients during pregnancy, labor and postnatally. I hope you find this information helpful in guiding your clients and if you want to learn more please check out all our courses, both live and online, offered to different birthing professionals.