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Has anyone actually delivered their baby on a birth stool? Good experience or not? I'm especially wondering if this would be a good option for bigger babies. I usually do hands and knees but I'm wondering if this would be good as well.
Mom to 4 boys and 1 girl
I haven't done it myself, but have supported other mothers using one. I would say it is a great tool to bring babies down of all sizes, but I might suggest getting off to actually push the baby out once they start crowning. I see more tearing on birth stools than in other positions.
Que, do you know why woman tend to tear more using those? Does baby come to fast? Or is the skin already pretty stretched? Just curious. I've never used one, but might be with this birth and want to avoid tearing if possible as well
Jesus loving, homeschooling, devoted wife to a wonderful hubby and 10 kids, ages 13 down to 2 months
I imagine it is like sitting on the toilet which was excruciatingly painful for me while in transition. No one realized when I said I had to poop that meant push... After that experience and the way it positioned me I'm not interested in trying it.
A similar theory exists for birth. Physiologically, we are meant to squat. The angle our legs are positions positions the baby to helps trigger the fetal ejection reflex, helps the baby rotate and descend appropriately, and gives you greater control. Sitting in a seat constricts important blood flow to that area (increasing tearing and slowing down healing, resulting in increased bleeding), can increase hemorrhoids, and more.
That being said, I've seen it work wonders for some moms in difficult spots. Sometimes weighing the benefits and risks is a good thing. If it works to get the baby out when nothing else seems to help, then that is a good thing. Sometimes you also have to consider what YOU might be comfortable with in the moment. If you have a problem mentally "letting go," sitting in a position you are accustomed to letting your pelvis open and relax can help in a tough spot.