Birthing Positions: Supporting a Woman's Choice in Labour

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It could be argued that the ideal position for a woman to birth in is the one she adopts if she is not told what to do. However, for midwives, the question is: which positions have the best maternal outcomes and how can this information be used to support the women in their care?

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Midwives, doulas and birthing assistants have always played an important role in supporting women in their use of different birthing positions. It’s a core skill for midwives and doulas and a key contribution towards a positive birth experience.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Deborah Simpson
18 Jul 2021
Excellent. These aspects are so important in helping women feel involved and control of their birth experience.
13 Dec 2019
Great summation of the benefits of upright birthing positions. Great read
Lisa Rose
08 Dec 2019
Great reinforcement of a key aspect of midwifery care!
Wendy Thornton
13 Apr 2020
easy read.
Anne Rendell
24 Sep 2020
Concise and informative
Brooke Philips
27 Apr 2023
Registered Midwife
Annabelle Bosnjak
02 Mar 2023
Registered Midwife
Good read.
Karen Doyle
22 Mar 2023
Good article
Laura Gregory
10 May 2021
Quick & easy to read :)
Molly Henderson
06 Mar 2023
Great info
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