VBAC and upright birth

There is so much that can be said about VBAC! However, I will stick to one subtopic for this particular post. How can position help you achieve your VBAC?

The optimal position for baby

As the end of pregnancy draws near, expectant mothers begin to look for signs that their baby has flipped into the head down position in preparation for birth. While it may be possible for birth to be achieved even if the baby is in a breech position, things are generally less complicated if the baby is in optimal position. So what is the optimal position?

Optimal position for your baby is known as LOA or Left Occiput Anterior. That means your baby is not only head down, but has its back on the left side of the front of your belly. This ideal position allows for the baby to fit perfectly through the pelvis for delivery.

The optimal position for mother

When choosing to have a VBAC, mothers want to do whatever they can to make the experience go as smoothly as possible. VBAC labors often tend to act as first time labors, which are sometimes quite long. Ensuring that your baby is in the optimal position is one way to promote a shorter labor. This is where the mother’s position plays a big part. Being in a reclined position or sitting with crossed legs often can lead to the baby not engaging into the pelvis deeply and/or in a good position. Being upright with your back straight or even leaning just slightly forward, and using other positions like hands and knees can help encourage your baby to engage as well as settle into an optimal position.

How the CUB can help

Having something like the CUB seat is very beneficial in helping mom and baby obtain and maintain optimal positions to encourage a successful vaginal birth. With a CUB seat, the mother can engage in multiple different positions comfortably and safely during pregnancy and labor. The CUB seat is also great for using during the pushing stage. Many women need to be upright in order to effectively push their baby out. I mean…..it can be hard to push a baby out when you are fighting against gravity. Unfortunately most VBAC-ing moms are forced to stay in bed on their backs. If more mothers advocated for their choice to be mobile and upright during labor and birth, there would be more VBAC success rates.

Author: Ashanti RiveraWoman’s Choice Perinatal Service