Positions for the First Stage of Labor

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Being active during the first stage of labor is thought to help labor progress. If you're well prepared and practice different postures and positions for labor during pregnancy, you will instinctively be able to use these during childbirth. Also see these positions for the second stage of labor.

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Woman laboring on floor

Leaning on Cushions


Leaning forward onto a pile of cushions with your knees apart is a soothing and relaxing position, and can also encourage your cervix to dilate.

Next: Kneeling on All Fours

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