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Birthing Positions: Supporting a Woman's Choice in Labour

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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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For midwives, the question is, which birthing positions have the best maternal outcomes and how can this information be used to support the women in their care?

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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 www.MindBodyInk.com.
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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.
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DIANNE FISHER
13 Dec 2019
Great summation of the benefits of upright birthing positions. Great read
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Lisa Rose
08 Dec 2019
Great reinforcement of a key aspect of midwifery care!
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Wendy Thornton
13 Apr 2020
easy read.
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Anne Rendell
24 Sep 2020
Concise and informative
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Laura Gregory
10 May 2021
Quick & easy to read :)
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Gabrielle McLeish
03 Dec 2019
A clear and concise overview of research.
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Tania Burrows-reuther
12 May 2021
Great
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Shelley Wild
02 Dec 2019
Easy to read, with valid points to reinforce current knowledge.
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Kay Todd
17 Apr 2020
a quick, easy read
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