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In a  systematic  review on maternal positioning  during the second stage of  labor, the  Cochrane Collaboration found that either sitting up or side lying  to push instead of lying on the back resulted in:

  1. Reduced  duration of second stage of labor
  2. A small reduction in assisted  deliveries
  3. A reduction in episiotomies
  4. A smaller increase in second degree perineal tears
  5. Increased estimated  risk of blood loss > 500ml
  6. Reduced reporting of  severe  pain during second stage of labor
  7. Fewer abnormal fetal  heart  rate patterns

The  study  suggests that in pregnancy women should be encouraged to give birth in the position they find most comfortable. Birthing on the ball  is  a  viable alternative.


Them^ is fancy words for saying…..Move around in labor! 

Come learn about the benefits of the Birthball Tonight

IRMC 5:30

Be there or be square! We will be giving one away…that lucky Mama might be you! 
exercise ball as birthing ball


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