Baby's position

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

The ideal position for a baby to be born is head down in the OA or occipito anterior position. The baby is head down, with their face facing your back. The baby’s chin is tucked into their chest and their head is ready to enter the pelvis.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The baby is able to flex their head and neck, and tuck their chin into their chest making the birth of the head smoother.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The narrowest part of the head can press on the cervix and help it to open during the birth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some babies decide they want to remain 'back to back' or OP 'occipito posterior'.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The baby is facing head down, but their face is positioned toward your stomach instead of your back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the first stage of labor, about one-tenth to one-third of babies are in this position. Most of these babies will spontaneously rotate themselves to face in the right direction before birth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a number of cases, the baby doesn’t rotate. A baby in this position increases your chances of having a prolonged delivery with severe back pain. @spinningbabiesoffers some great information about baby positions in the womb and encouraging optimal positioning!⠀**See comment below for further detail**⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀



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