Healthy Birth Practices # 2

Walk, Move Around and Change Positions Throughout Labour.

Movement in labour serves two very important purposes. First, it helps you cope with you increasingly strong and powerful contractions, Second, it helps wiggle your baby into your pelvis and through the birth canal.

When allowed to move freely during labour, women instinctively respond to their powerful contractions. Walking, swaying, squatting, rocking, rubbing and changing positions during labour. 

Research supports that movement may help shorten labour, can provide effective pain relief and can decrease the likelihood of having a cesarean (Storton.S (2007) "the coalition for improving maternity services")