12 Ways To Have a Quicker, Shorter Labor

Don’t Birth On Your Back!

One of the worst positions to labor in is lying down – the pelvis is closed off and the body doesn’t have the power of gravity to push baby down.

During labor, walking around and squatting help the baby move down into the birth canal and allow gravity to assist with speeding up the process. Although it’s not always possible, try and remain as active as possible during labor to decrease its length.

Here is an article on 10 Reasons Not To Birth On Your Back


Position, Position, Position

The optimal position for delivery is occiput anterior – basically bum up, head down, their spine facing your stomach.

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Comments (4)
  1. Belinda says:

    I was induced for my boy, overdue about 2weeks. Traumatized.
    One thing I was annoyed about later is the midwives encouraged me to get in a bath during early stages. This then slowed my labour right down and they said oh yeah that happens sometimes. I was so very annoyed! I wanted to have a water birth and now it meant I needled all these other stronger methods requiring constant monitoring in a bed.


    1. D says:

      I wasn’t induced but received the same advice and same outcome,I have in my birth plan this time that I don’t want to be offered the pool until I am at least 7cm this time.Although I am hoping to manage to stay home until well in established labour this time so hopefully it won’t be such an issue.

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