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Linking delivery positions to the potential for birth trauma

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2016 | Birth Injuries |

Having a child is an event most in New York City likely look forward to with a good deal of excitement and anticipation. Yet as a good number of the clients that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, & Seinfeld, LLP have represented can attest to, the birthing process can be extremely delicate. While it may seem like such a simple thing, even the position you’re placed in during delivery could potentially increase the risk of trauma to your newborn.

Many clinicians subscribe to the semi-recumbent birthing position. That involves you laying on your back and then elevating your torso to roughly a 45° angle. While this may assist with your breathing, it also serves to contract your pelvic opening. Research shared by Chiro4Family Wellness suggests that this could potentially place unnecessary stress on your baby’s skull as he or she descends through the birth canal. Those behind the study say that the fact that up to 4.6 percent of neonatal brain bleeds and 10 percent of neonatal encephalopathy cases are unexplainable supports for their claims.

Knowing the potential risk that the semi-recumbent position could pose during delivery, you may wonder what other birthing positions are available for you choose from. Some suggest that a squatting position allows the pelvic diameter to increase during delivery, lessening the stress put on your baby. It is also believed this could even decrease the chances of you needing an episiotomy.

No matter the birthing position you choose, you should remember that you are in charge of your care. A clinician overriding your opinion regarding your preferred method of care could be viewed as overstepping his or her bounds. You can find more information on the potential of birth trauma happening to your baby by continuing to explore our site. 

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