Positions to relieve the pains of childbirth

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"Within us, within our DNA, we women have a set of abilities that allow us to bring out of our womb (normally without any kind of trauma) a child that we have conceived and raised for nine months: it is a process natural and positive, with a wonderful result, that of seeing our baby ». This can be read in the book Mamme prêt-à-porter, written by Giulia Mandrino, author of the homonymous blog.

"Childbirth is a very powerful experience - adds the midwife Scavello of the Santagostino Medical Center in our city - and the best way to deal with it is to be prepared and to be in a propitious, intimate and respectful environment at this moment. unique and delicate ".

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Soft lights and silence, but above all the possibility of having freedom of movement. «They are all useful elements to feel less pain. Although there are no 100% analgesic positions, women naturally know how to position themselves in order to reduce the strong sensations they feel ».


Let's start with what it would be better to avoid: "The supine position, lying on the bed face up is the least suitable because it increases the pain". But if the woman is left free to move, she «she will autonomously perform postural measures that will allow her to face this moment with more tranquility. A bit like what happens when you have severe period pains: she naturally collects us in the fetal position to mitigate the feeling of discomfort ».

The important thing is to create the right environment to avoid constraints and where perhaps there is a mat on the ground, a reclining chair, a ball and, above all, support points, such as a chair.

Positions that can help a woman feel less pain during labor and delivery.


The thing that helps women to feel less pain the most is to walk slowly and move the pelvis: «Just as if they were dancing. In the contraction, however, they need a support: the wall, the shoulders of their partner, an armchair ».

The forward flexion of the torso helps a lot to alleviate the pain: «The standing position is tilted a little forward and? the one that most facilitates the work of the uterus. In general, the position it gives you? more relief and? the one more? fits you at that time. You can and should change position and move during labor: will it facilitate? the work of the womb »continues Giulia Mandrino in her book. This is also because pain moves and changes: this is why it is important to be able to move to support it and respond to its transformations.

As time passes, however, the legs get tired. That is why, at some point, women need to continue labor from sitting or on the bed. «A good position can be to sit astride the chair, leaning with the torso against the backrest, in order to have the legs supported; often future mothers lie down on their sides, lifting one leg; or on all fours leaning on the edge of a bed or on the sofa, leaning forward »continues midwife Scavello.


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In the hospital it is difficult for them to be available, but in reality "hangers" are very useful: "Especially towards the end of childbirth, the woman will be easier to push if she can attach herself to a rope or a sturdy cloth with her arms, both from sitting and standing. In the latter case, the pelvis will be completely free, adapting to the pressure of the child who will have to cross it, and the legs will also be able to give a little. Finally, the hanging arms favor the breathing more suitable for the final phase: by raising the respiratory diaphragm, they also allow the pelvic floor to rise and this gives more space to the passage of the child ".

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Having said that, it is good to remember that «there may be particular situations, such as difficulties in the descent of the baby's head or episodes of“ fetal distress ”which can often be resolved by assuming certain positions suggested by the midwife. In this case, even if they are not very comfortable, or if they give us less relief during contractions, we will take them, bearing in mind that it will be useful for our baby and to ensure labor without risk for anyone "reads Mamme prêt-à- porter.

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