By Alayna Spratley, Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula from Cleveland, Ohio
I believe that labor and birth is a transformational feminist experience. This milestone event should be empowering and the birthing individual should feel supported, validated, and respected by her expert care team. Unfortunately, my feminist birthing sentiment isn’t the cultural norm in the United States. In fact, according to Evidence Based Birth’s State of Maternity Care (2018), the sad reality is that 57% of birthing individuals are confined to the bed once admitted to the hospital and 68% of people remain in a back-lying position to give birth. Neither one of these routine practices are supported by evidence and both can feel disempowering and be potentially harmful to both mother and baby.
But you don’t have to give birth in a recumbent position out of routine practice or for the convenience of your care provider! Both the World Health Organization and the best evidence we currently have recommends that individuals birth in an upright position or in a way that is most comfortable for them. I like to refer to upright birth as feminist birth because it is the birthing individual’s choice as to which position is optimal.
Here are some valuable statistics and more information about the benefits of feminist birth positions:
Feminist Birth Positions To Consider:
Get off your back and birth in a position that is most comfortable for you!
Feminist Birth Positions Resources:
Learn more about research that supports upright birth and resources to help you achieve a feminist birth!
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