10 Reasons To Not Give Birth On Your Back

People in the Western world immediately picture a woman laying on a bed when “giving birth” is mentioned – this is known as the lithotomy position. In actual fact, this position is one of the worst to birth in, although it is unfortunately quite common. It was originally started by King Louis XIV who enjoyed watching his mistresses give birth and then adopted by medical carers because they found it easier to see and intervene in a birth when the woman was on her back instead of standing or sitting. Before this, it was much more common to give birth upright, or on a birthing chair. Unfortunately, laying on the back to birth actually increases the need for the very interventions doctors want you in this position to check for.

There are many good reasons NOT to birth while laying on your back. Here are a few:

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