UPRIGHT BIRTH BENEFITS MOTHER & BABY IN MANY WAYS.
Allows for 28-30% more space in the pelvis
Contractions can be more effective in an upright position
23% less likely to require medical intervention
Baby is 54% less likely to become distressed
29% reduction in c-section rates
Shorter lengths of labor
21% reduction in episiotomy rates
Less need for an epidural
#1: Allows Gravity To Assist Baby’s Descent: Why work harder than you need to? Your uterus contracts out — or forward — from your body. When you’re upright, you can work with gravity and your body’s natural functions in labor.
#2: Fewer risk of Interventions: When you’re giving birth upright, making use of gravity as your baby comes down and more effectively using your muscles, you’re less likely to experience the cascade of interventions.
#3: More Efficient Contractions: When you’re upright, leaning forward and working with gravity, your contractions will become much more efficient. If you’re lying on your back, your uterus will be contracting upwards.
#4: Less Pain When you’re off your back/Less chance of Perineum tearing: The weight of your body and baby while laying on your back birthing can make labor more strenuous and lead to inefficient perineum stretching (If you desire to lay down to birth, lay on your side and OPEN UP your legs wide)
#5: Shorter Labor When you’re working with gravity: In a position that your body and baby is designed to work well, your labor may likely be much shorter as you move around and utilize gravity.
#6: Better Oxygen Transfer To Your Baby: When you’re lying on your back, you’re bearing the full weight of the baby, your uterus, placenta and all that comes with it. Doing so puts pressure on important blood supplies in your own body. Compressing the blood supply also compresses the oxygen supply to your baby. By being upright, you’ll provide a better oxygen and blood supply to your baby. In turn, this means that your baby will be less likely to experience fetal distress. Fetal distress that cannot be rectified quickly usually results in a cascade of interventions that lead to a cesarean.
#7: Mothers Overall Satisfaction Increases: Studies have shown that by giving birth upright, a mother’s overall satisfaction of her birth increases. She may feel more in control.
#8: Significantly Increases Pelvic Space: Lying down reduces pelvic diameter about 30%. Especially if you have concerns about having a big baby (which you don't need to fear, because your body is cleverly designed to birth), Being upright opens up your pelvis, whereas lying down closes it up. This is why scans are inaccurate in diagnosing your pelvis’ ability to birth your baby. If you desire to lay while laboring and birthing do so on your side and open up wide.
#9: Lying Down Forces The Mother To Push “Uphill” Pushing “uphill” against gravity can be ineffective and exhausting. Getting upright means you’re pushing “downhill” instead. The CUB is purchased by those who are currently pregnant to ease pelvic girdle pain and promote optimal fetal positioning prior to labor, and to provide a versatile support for different birth positions during labor and birth. The Cub is also purchased by Midwives, Doulas, Birth Centers, pre-natal teachers and L&D service providers who want to offer the CUB as a resource to those they serve
#10: Provides more leverage and space to be supported hands on by doula/partner with gravity support, counter pressure, massage and rebozzo etc.
BENEFICIAL BIRTH POSITIONS
How potentially inaccurate pelvic scans may effect birth and why
When you receive a sonogram and or pelvic exam, You are laying down typically...
Lying down reduces pelvic diameter about 30%.
When you’re lying on your back, you’re bearing the full weight of the baby, your uterus, placenta and all that comes with it.
Doing so puts pressure on important blood supplies in your own body. Compressing the blood supply, Oxygen flow and you guessed it.....your pelvic floor.
Studies prove that Being upright in birth opens up your pelvis, whereas lying down flat on the back with open legs closes it up.
Could it be that This is why scans are inaccurate in diagnosing your babies size and pelvis’ ability to birth your baby?
And why laying flat on your back with legs open during birth makes the pelvic inlet smaller hindering babies decent and affective contractions?
YES. And for the same reasoning your babies height and weight cannot be accurately guessed. And No one should be labeled *failure to progress* with an experience where full spectrum options of promoting proper pelvic space and supporting active labor through maternal movement and position are not allowed. If there is no medical indication for induction or emergency cesarean then we encourage you avoid intervention and use active upright labor to your benefit.
THE CUB BIRTH SUPPORT STOOL
Upright positions during birth (sitting, kneeling, squatting, and all fours) have been the topic of much research in recent years, and the results of the research are dramatically in favor.
The Cub support can increase the space within the mother’s pelvis by up to 30%, allowing more room for the baby to be born, labor contractions can be more effective making labor shorter, babies are 54% less likely to become distressed and mothers are a whopping 29% less likely to need an emergency Cesarean section!
Use and benefits of the CUB are evidence-based, meaning it is backed by research.
CUB provides a sense of autonomy and control to the birth person and their partner.
It is lightweight, simple to set-up, portable, and easy to clean.
CUB can be used both at home and in a hospital setting.
It is an ideal tool for people who desire an unmedicated birth.
CUB can be used by individuals who receive an epidural, and its use can help keep your experience birth trauma free by reducing the use of other interventions.
You can labor and birth your baby on the CUB.
The CUB’s wide base provides both fantastic stability and comfort.
Partners feel really confident about supporting their significant other through birth with the assistance of the CUB.