By Jennifer Larson, Oct 20, 2022

Sitting, whether it’s atop a stool, a birthing ball, or a bed, is also considered an upright position. Some research suggests that it can be helpful when it comes to harnessing gravity. The authors of the Cochrane review found that people who gave birth in an upright position did seem to reduce the length of time that they pushed, but the review also noted that the time saved was small—less than 10 minutes. With this position, it’s easy to continue electronic fetal monitoring, and it doesn’t preclude the laboring person from having an epidural either, says Dr. Kecia Gaither. 

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