mmm yes the back thing, I had dd at Derby, and dh had to step between me and the 'head' midwife, who wanted me to get back on the bed, before I hit her, as dh said he'd never seen me look at anyone in that way before, yikes....the pain eh! apparently they get a better trace on the babies, if your on your back......in the end they got me where they wanted me (on back, but only for the pushing stage) but I'd rather have given birth standing up, and next time will be more adamant that dh stands my ground for me
Didn't see it but I too cannot fathom why so many women are still lay back...when I was in labour with ds3 the only point at which I lay back was to be checked and it was pergatory - midwife was great and very speedy but boy was I glad to get back on the ball. Midwife suggested giving birth leaning over the back of the bed too (i.e. kneeling) and it was brilliant.
GdG - have noticed this as well - most on their backs in bed, monitoring, waters broken. Doesn't say alot for the m/w's - do they actually suggest the use of upright positions? which help labour & birth to be as efficient as possible.
id idnt want to walk around,squat roll on a ball etc.I liked to be on the bed..despite the midwife suggesting I moved!! I had 5 babies that way! I look at the other options on tv and think how nice it looks...but I guess I just like ben on my back!!!!
Had the same experience, GdG all 3 back-to-back. Ouch! Lying down to be monitored on admission to hospital was the most painful part of my labour with DS. I nearly poked the mw's eyes out to get upright again!
I was on my back for my 1st baby but this one I tried on all 4's, didn't really like it but there was no time to get in the correct position or back on to my back,......... My next baby i would like to have a water birth but if anything like my last two won't get the chance as they both had to be induced as my 1st was 3wks late and my 2nd 2wks late.
As long as you get to do what you want thats fine. Although sometimes the midwives have to intervene for yours and babies health. I know child birth is natural but lots can and does go wrong and without their help there would be more stillbirths