As if we all didn’t already know this!
Medical News Today posted a story on a new study published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library which found that women who walk, sit, kneel or otherwise avoid lying in bed during early labor can shorten the first stage of labor by about an hour and are also 17 percent less likely to seek pain relief through epidural analgesia. On the whole, the review examined 21 studies totaling 3,706 births. After reviewing the research the authors’ concluded, “Women should be encouraged to take up whatever position they find most comfortable in the first stage of labour.”
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization that evaluates medical research by performing systematic reviews and drawing evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical studies on a particular topic.
I would probably bet money on the fact that every savvy birth junkie or mom reading this blog already knows this J. I just love when the research supports what midwives and mothers have instinctually known for centuries!!
So get up and move girl!! Beware of any intervention that restricts your movement and, YES, this includes unnecessary and elective inductions. This is the #1 reason women end up with all the needless and risky interventions in the first place. The LESS unnecessary interventions the MORE you will be able to move!