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Best position is baby head down, facing your back. It's the most natural way
I could be wrong but I believe the other way is called, sunny side up. I'm pretty sure my friend had a baby that way but she also had some pretty bad tearing. But i don't know if the two are related or not. Those are just things she mentioned when she was talking about her labor...
Both myself and my sister came out "sunny side up" and from what I've heard from the classes that I've taken, is that it is so much harder for the baby to come out because the baby will come out almost forehead first, not the soft part of the top of his/her head which is more mold-able.
Sunny side up or posterior is much harder to deliver! 3 of mine have been this way. My first they turned her as is routine. She had low muscle tone and had a birth injury called a brachial plexus injury from it. Her right arm was paralized from it and she had 3 yrs of therapy. She is a lucky one as you can't tell she was injured. Some are permanently paralized! Second one was forehead first and posterior. Barely escaped a c/s with her. She has a huge 99% head too! I figure that after her I could birth anything! Third I did a lot of time doing hands and knees position trying to spin him. He came out looking down! Fourth was small with a small head. He went into distress and I pushed him out in one hard push to save him. He was only 6 lbs 8 oz at 38 weeks and I had no trouble birthing him posterior, but I did rip a bit as a baby should be born slowly so that the tissues can stretch vs having a baby literally shoot out.
Laura, homeschooling mama to Christine 1-02, Nicole 5-03, Everett 4-09, Alister 9-10, Moira and Giselle born October 24, 2013!
Face up is often referred to. SUNny side up and that hurts like hell... Her head would be pushing on your spine.... tht can be born like that though. Garrett was sunny side up, Lukas was sunny side down