New research suggests that being upright and active throughout labour can help to reduce the caesarean rate.
The research is presented in the Cochrane Review which provides the strongest evidence in favour of active birth. By active birth, we mean movement and position changes in labour that assist the woman and baby through the birthing process.
The review has found that women who have an active birth are 29% less likely to give birth by caesarean.
The review compared upright positions such as walking, standing and kneeling, wiith positions where the woman is lying on her back semi-reclined.
The study also found that active labour shortened the duration of labour by over an hour and resulted in fewer women requesting epidurals. These are pretty impressive benefits!
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