How is the mother positioned for delivery?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Positioning of the mother for delivery can be any of the following [2] :

  • Supine with her knees bent (ie, dorsal lithotomy position; the usual choice)

  • Lateral (Sims) position

  • Partial sitting or squatting position

  • On her hands and knees

Episiotomy used to be routinely performed at this time, but current recommendations restrict its use to maternal or fetal indications

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