This is why one woman shared a picture of herself upside down during labour

Mum labour upside down

Seeing a woman about to give birth upside down may not be a common sight, but here’s why one woman did it…

Lying on your back and legs apart is usually the most common childbirth sight in delivery rooms, but that’s not the way all mums do it.

Chelsea, a yoga teacher from Minnesota, has shown just that by sharing a picture of herself during labour, positioned upside down.

Alongside the impressive snap, the mum wrote: ‘Tomorrow is my first Mother's Day and I'm so excited to spend it with my peanut.

‘My birth team helped me so much to bring this little guy into the world and that includes crazy inversions for better fetal positioning’.

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The post was also shared by Kate Eakin, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Childbirth Educator, who explained how the position can help women during birth.

She wrote: ‘In the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course I talk about what you can do during your pregnancy and labour to optimise baby's position for birth. I also talk about the importance of creating space, so bub can navigate through the pelvis and down the birth path more easily.

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‘It's so fabulous seeing this mum in action doing the forward leaning inversion to make space for her baby.

‘In many cases, there's lot's that can be done to help bring baby earthside before resorting to medical intervention.’

Spinning Babies, a website that aims help mums improve fetal position (breech, transverse, posterior) and make birth easier, explain how the position can aid expectant mums before they welcome their little one.

They say: ‘The forward-leaning inversion potentially makes room for a good fetal position by untwisting any ligaments to the lower uterus and cervix that may be twisted from sudden stops or a habit of a twisted posture.

‘Kneeling afterwards allows temporarily lengthened ligaments to align the uterus with the pelvis. The cervix may become less tipped or tight and then able to let baby’s head to position well, and the cervix to dilate in labour more easily.’

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Mariana Cerqueira
Lifestyle Editor

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for and My Imperfect Life. She joined the team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.