With my first, I was standing on the floor with one knee up on the bed. No one but myself and my mother were in the room when baby crowned, so mom helped me ease up onto the bed to slow the decent. Nurses and doc came busting in the room seconds later and I gave one last push in a reclined sitting position. With my second, I used a squatting bar that was attached to the bed.
go on a hospital tour and find out what equipment is offered and what positions are common. At the hospital I delivered at, in addition to stirrups, they had squatting bars and birthing stools. Talk with your doctor to see what positions s/he feels comfortable assisting delivery in. Of course, whatever way you decide should be honored. But at least you know what you're up against. The only hard fast rule for my doc and hospital was no birthing in the tubs. Anything else seemed fair game.
I've had two amazing natural births in the hospital. I can pm you my birth stories, if you want.
I was on my hands and knees, face in the pillow with an oxgen mask on when I delivered, the gravity helped since she was sunny side up. the coolest thing I have ever felt was her skull squeezing as it came through the birth canal.
Quoting littlelambe2:I've had two amazing natural births in the hospital. I can pm you my birth stories, if you want.
The nurse tried to get me on my hands and knees, but I didn't want my nude bum facing the middle of the room. I was pretty self conscious and wanted to have my rear facing the head of the bed, but the nurse said that the OB couldn't catch the baby that way. So I went into a very upright, seated position. Honestly I had no idea that the baby could come out of me with me sitting down on the bed, but he sure did! :)
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