How should a woman be positioned during the first stage of labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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On admission to the Labor and Delivery suite, a woman having normal labor should be encouraged to assume the position that she finds most comfortable. Possibilities including the following:

  • Walking

  • Lying supine

  • Sitting

  • Resting in a left lateral decubitus position

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