Advances in obstetrical medicine in recent years have led many people in Schaumburg to view childbirth as a process that is fairly routine. While that may be true to a certain extent, the potential for injury is ever-present. That not only includes injuries to newborns, but to mothers as well. Indeed, according to information shared by the U.S. News and World Report, 50,000 mothers suffer injuries during childbirth every year (with 700 of those cases proving fatal). 

There are many elements of a delivery that can contribute to complications; most might not consider the position that a woman gives birth in to be one of them. Yet recent research seems to suggest that this may play a more prominent role than previously thought. Per the journal BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, a six-year study reviewed the cases of over 113,000 women, some of whom had never previously given birth, others who had, and still others who were attempting vaginal deliveries after having undergone C-sections. Specifically, researchers paid attention to the following birthing positions: 

  • Sitting 
  • Lithotomy (lying on one’s back, legs separated and supported by stirrups) 
  • Lateral (lying on one’s side) 
  • Standing 
  • Squatting 
  • Sitting in a birthing seat 

Cases involving supine position, standing on one’s knees and kneeling on all fours were also examined. 

Those who delivered standing had the lowest occurrence of injury (specifically, obstetric anal sphincter injury), while those in the lithotomy position had the highest occurrence. Mothers who had previously delivered showed a greater occurrence of injury when delivering in a birthing seat or while squatting. 

Birthing position is one aspect of a delivery over which a mother should have complete control. Despite their expertise, a doctor should respect their decision and tailor their treatment to the mother’s wishes.