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If EVERYONE has a BM setting down then why do doctors think it's best for a birthing woman to be put on her back??


Asked by oldfashionSAHM at 3:23 PM on Oct. 7, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Because laying on your back closes the pelvis. And MOST doctors try not to let you change positions. Hands and knee and squatting position opens the pelvis. Laying on your back is what messes those women up that get a c-section because "I pushed and pushed and baby didn't come through my pelvis because he was to big." Most of that can be eliminated if they change positions. It is NOT the ideal position to have baby is what doctors decided to do long ago..about the time they gave women drugs that caused them psychosis and had to tie women down so they wouldn't claw their eyes out. They felt all the pain, they just couldn't remember it afterwards. All that is also why the dads to be weren't allowed in the birthing room back in the day. They didn't want them to see their wives crazy and restrained.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 3:59 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • It's all about doctor convenience. This is why many hospitals and providers are encouraging other, more upright positions now. Yay!!

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:29 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • They want to be able to see the vagina..they are not worried about what position is best for birthing.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 3:24 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Being on your back is ONLY FOR THE DR.... Being on your back has NOTHING to do with you, your comfort or the safety of delivery! ... It clearly so the dr. has a good view..

    The best positions that a womanly usually takes on her own is on all 4s or squating.

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 3:39 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Before doctors women birthd on all fours, squatting and standing..all natural postions whch open the pelvis, use gravity to encourage baby downwards and ease the pain of contractions. To lay on the bed prevents the doc from hurting thier own back by them putting you in a convinient position so they can get on with the delievery and keep an eye on what your body is doing, birth is a natural process and if intervention isnt needed you dont need to be on your back.

    Answer by MeAndLo at 6:06 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • My best friend had her baby on all fours. She was NOT having the being on her back thing.

    Answer by bjojola at 3:27 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Most doctors are clueless when it comes to natural birthing and what is best for mom.. it is all about what works for the doctor.

    Answer by catholicmamamia at 11:44 AM on Oct. 11, 2010

  • i was told a bm is a good thing for drs to see from my ob if you have one it means your are pushing correctly a lot of women give birth on their back this is normal why are people saying it isn't if you want a diff position go for it but there is nothing wrong w your back and I'm saying this based on other post questioning this position as well

    Answer by Kre10 at 3:53 PM on Oct. 7, 2010