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Give Birth on Your Side

May 16, 2013

There are several issues that have been raised regarding giving birth in the lithotomy position (laying on your back with your legs pulled up). Critics suggest that this position is for the convenience of the doctor, not the welfare of the mother.

One study has shown that the lateral or side lying position decreases the likelihood of damage to the perineum. Researchers found that “analysis including all participants showed an increase of 47 percent in the likelihood of an intact perineum for the lateral position when compared with the lithotomy position.”

If you are looking to have children, it is important to learn as much as you can about pregnancy, nutrition, giving birth and all the various aspects of raising a healthy child. Do some homework and then talk to your about your choices in birthing positions and what the advantages are.

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