I have a question for you waterbirthers out there:
What position did you birth in and why did you choose it?
I spent a lot of Margaret's labor on my hands and knees because it relieved the back labor. When I got to the pushing stage, I was alternating between standing and squatting to help her move down. I did lots of standing in between contractions. I was in a squat/kneeling position when she was born. There was a pause between her head and shoulders, which is normal. Contractions stopped and I gave a couple of pushes, but she didn't budge. Then at some point (next contraction, perhaps?), her shoulders turned and she came out a little more (to her belly) and then another push and she was all out.
Anyway, I've been watching youtube waterbirths and reading waterbirth stories and it surprises me how many women sit reclined in the tub. For me, that felt too much like the lithotomy position- and the times I attempted to recline just emphasized the back labor and I did NOT like that so I didn't do it. So it surprises me that people choose that position. Is it helpful? Is there a difference if a midwife is there? I ask because I have a friend who did birth in that position because her midwives wanted to be able to "see better" and she thinks her tear is because they wouldn't "let" her change positions at that point. But then there are waterbirths with no tearing in that position. I suppose it all depends on how mom and baby fit together.
So waterbirthers: hands and knees? squatting? reclined? a mix? And Why?