Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods. Here is the truth about: Labour Position.
Most women believe that they have to deliver in a semi-reclined position, but this isn’t necessarily true, and is actually a very old-fashioned concept. Years ago, women used to delivery in the Lithotomy position (lying back with their legs elevated), and movies have also distorted our view on how to deliver.
The fact of the matter is, you should deliver in the way that makes you most comfortable and how your body tells you to deliver. Listen to your instincts. Many women prefer delivering while on all fours, as this helps relieve pressure on the lower back, and reduces the incidence of vaginal tearing. Squatting also helps with this. Some women prefer to lie on their side and lift their leg. The options are endless. An epidural will change this, however, as you are immobile, and in that case, you will most likely be in a semi-reclined position for delivery.