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What's a birthing chair for?

I’ve heard of moms-to-be using birthing chairs during delivery. But what are they exactly?

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I’ve heard of moms-to-be using birthing chairs during delivery. But what are they exactly?

The Bump Expert

A birthing chair isn’t typically used in a hospital -- it's more likely to be used for a home birth or at a birthing center. Birthing chairs allow women to be in the squatting position during labor, a position many women find can make delivery easier, thanks to gravity. “The squatting position helps the mom push the baby out more forcefully,” says Elise Harper, MD, an ob-gyn at Health Central OBGYN in Frisco, Texas. “By squatting, you’re allowing gravity to help bring the baby down to the right position. It also helps open your pelvis up.”

If you’re giving birth in a hospital and feel that you’re missing out on a birthing chair, don’t worry -- the doctors will put you in a similar position. “In a hospital setting, we convert the bed so that women are in a semi-reclining sitting position,” says Harper. “This allows gravity to do its work, but in a controlled way. We emulate a birthing chair, but alter it because some women get epidurals and are unable to control their legs.”

Birthing chairs sound awesome, but we’ve got to warn you about one drawback: tearing. Birthing chairs can put you at a higher risk for tearing because baby’s head could put extra pressure on your pelvis (yikes!). If you’re considering using one, ask your OB or midwife how to help prevent tearing during delivery.

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SAEED9 |

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You cannot always have a birthing chair available. When my wife gave birth she used one of those heavy duty drafting chairs.

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hmmm...the bump expert warns that a birthing chair puts you at a higher risk of tearing, but I've read the exact opposite on other websites. Any documented numbers to support either??

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