Positions for the Second Stage of Labor

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The second stage begins when your cervix is fully dilated, your baby has moved deep into the pelvis, and you are ready to push. During the tiring second stage of labor, aid the effectiveness of your pushing with body positions such as kneeling, upright squatting, and being on all fours. Also see these positions for the first stage of labor.

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Woman in labor kneeling

Kneeling


In a kneeling position, both your partner and the nurse can support you as you bear down.

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