Back labor is when a mom goes into labor with her baby in the "posterior" position. That means that the baby's back is pressed into the mom's back.
Usually, the baby is laying with his/her back in the "hammock" of her belly (out by the belly button).
This less-common position can mean that when contractions start squeezing, baby gets really pressed into mom's back~ ouch!
It can last through part or all of labor.
There are exercises moms can do to encourage baby into the "hammock" of her belly before & during labor. And sometimes the contractions themselves are able to get baby to turn, also.
I have attended back labor, it is hard work but do-able. The mom needed my physical help, as a doula, more than usual. She really needed her confidence boosted, to be told she COULD do this. The dad & I really had to work hard to keep her comfy, but she still had a wonderful natural delivery with her baby "sunnyside-up!"
at 3:53 AM on Aug. 30, 2009