You're about to discover the 5 best labor and birthing positions for you and baby using only cushions. Learn these and be empowered for labor!
If you don't have any equipment, then I recommend you use cushions. Gather up a pile and try out these positions for labor.
I set myself up on the bed at home with my TENS machine on. It was one of the first positions I used in early labour. I was trying to conserve energy as I didn't know how long I had to go.
Turns out, from the moment my waters broke in the yoga class I was in (read my birth story part one to hear all about it) until my baby boy came into this world was pretty much right on 12 hours. So for a first time birth, it was quick. Actually perfect amount of time if you ask me.
I've heard of very quick labours, and I'm happy with the duration of mine.
Working with gravity in this rested side lying position is a great position both for the rest between contractions, but also during contractions, especially later in your labor.
Allow your body to relax, open and dilate in this blissful supported child's pose.
Perfect on the bed with cushions to lie on.
You don't actually need any equipment to have a natural labor, here are a few labor and birthing positions that are safe for you and baby that require no equipment.
Being close to the ground can help you to feel grounded. You can also do this on the bed. Having your knees wide apart can help open the hips, just be careful not to go too low to the ground.
This is so grounding and a good way to relieve discomfort from your back in labour. You are working against gravity with this pose. And useful if you are needing to slow down the labor. But ideally you want your elbows to be higher (like on a chair, couch or side of the bed) if you are wanting to work with gravity and encourage the baby down.
This is so nice, just to drop down into all fours and do these slow, rhythmic circles. Be mindful of your wrists in this pose, I personally prefer having my elbows on the side of the chair, couch or bed in a more upright position.
You are soon to meet your gorgeous baby, and that is certainly something to be excited about. I work with so many women that come to me fearing birth, and working with me and my Birth Prep Program they feel stronger, more empowered and completely informed going into the birthing experience.
You are going to be the most incredible Mama-bear, remember that.