April 2019 Newsletter Improving Baby's Position for Birth: What Mom Can Do To Help


A word from our midwife:
There are all kinds of ways for babies to move through our bones during the process of birth. The vast majority of these various positions are perfectly normal and not inherently risky or concerning. We call this a variation of normal; it means there are lots of ways that normal can look. That being said, some of these very normal pathways through the pelvis are both totally normal, *and* much harder, longer, and more painful and exhausting for mom. While we will never have total control over how our babies choose to navigate the pelvis, there is a lot that we can do to influence, minimize, and prevent those harder fits! First and foremost is to be less sedentary. It's perfectly true that normal and preventable malposition is on the rise in our generation. One significant factor in this increase is that we modern humans do a lot of sitting around, even when we're working. This is a modern phenomenon. Our ancestors have had to walk, run, squat, work on hands and knees, and do physical work and repetitive movements while going about the tasks necessary for daily living. These movements help to keep baby in easier, more optimal positions for birth. So while we enjoy many upsides from our many modern conveniences, this is one of the downsides. That's why just simply increasing your daily steps to (when possible) at least 10,000 steps a day is one of the very best investments that we can make in a smooth, straightforward labor and birth. And there are so many more tricks! So we hope you'll join us for our seminar event this month where Becky and I will discuss many of these helpful tips, tricks, and tools for a smoother, shorter, more comfortable birth of your baby. We so hope to see you there! Whether there happens to be a baby in your belly at this particular moment or not!
As always, we're always here for you, so please call us if there's anything we can do to support you and your family.

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April 11th & May 9th with facilitator Candace Roper

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Spring 2019 Seminar
Improving Baby's Position for Birth: What Mom Can Do To Help

Rebecca McInnis & Eve German April 24th, 5:30-7pm @ The Birth Center
Mothers can do a couple of things to help their babies get into the perfect position for Birth. When a baby is in the optimal position it is much more likely that the labor will be smooth, uneventful, and proceed without a problem.
There are no promises, but mothers want to give their babies the best advantage.
In this seminar the midwives of The Birth Center, with over40 years of combined experience, will discuss exercises, normal daily activities and positions that can help babies to achieve that “best position” for Birth.
We all hope to see you there! 
- Becky

How alignment can affect fetal positioning
Susan McLaughlin, PT
ALIGN Physical Therapy

Recently I had a conversation with a doula about fetal positioning.  She and many of her doula colleagues have noticed an increase in clients that struggle during labor due to posterior positioning of the fetus.  Posterior occiput position is when the baby's head is down and facing mom's belly.  A normal presentation is when the head is down and the baby's head is facing the mom's sacrum as in the picture to the left.   I would like to share some information from the workshop I presented to our Salt Lake Birth Circle group.
Incidence and consequences of Occiput Posterior (OP):

  • 15-30% present posterior at onset of labor  

  • 5% presentation at delivery

  • 5.5% of OP accounts for 12% of all cesarean deliveries for lack of progress or dystocia

  • 7 fold increase in the incidence of 3-4th degree perineal tears (into anal sphincter) 

Read the full blog post

Some great examples of the ways in which our team utilizes movement & different techniques to optimize positioning leading up to & during labor.  Sometimes, movement alone will work, other times we have the ability to implement great tools to help mom along. Some of our favorites are The Fantastic Four, Walcher's, Rebozo Sifting & Sidelying Release. Check out many others here

Commonly misused terms for pregnancy & labor 
Version - : a. a condition in which an organ and especially the uterus is turned from its normal position
                    b: manual turning of a fetus in the uterus to aid delivery

Cervix - : a. a constricted portion of an organ or part especially : the narrow outer end of the uterus

Epidural - a. an injection of a local anesthetic into the space outside the dura mater of the spinal cord in the lower back region to produce loss of sensation especially in the abdomen or pelvic region

Effacement - a. the thinning or obliteration of tissue or narrowing of an internal anatomical space effacement of the spinal subarachnoid space
                         b. the shortening and thinning of the uterine cervix during labor so that only the external orifice remains

Dilation - a. physiologic or artificial enlargement of a hollow structure or opening. 

                   b. the act of stretching or enlarging an opening

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Please feel free to email us with suggestions for articles, topics you would like to see covered by the Midwives or anything else you would like me to add- I look forward to hearing from you! 
Thank you, Danka


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