This Doula Says This Popular Birthing Position May Not Be the Best & Is Calling Out Facilities That Don’t Let Parents Choose for Themselves

When you’re giving birth, you expect to be able to have a say in what you want to do with your body and how you want to welcome your child into the world. However, this is far front the truth, and this doula is talking about the harsh reality.

A TikToker by the tag name @kjthedoula uploaded a video that’s making its way through TikTok, where she talks about why giving birth on your back is not the way to do it (and calls out facilities that don’t let women advocate for themselves!)

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In the one-minute video, she starts by saying “I’m [going to] just say it, because a lot of doulas and birth workers like to save face and not hurt no one’s feelings, but I’m going to be the one to let you know: you should absolutely not be planning to have your baby on your back!”

The TikToker named KJ, who is a holistic birth and postpartum doula, per her website, added, “In my personal opinion, birthing on your back within the medical field is one of the most blatant forms of unnecessary intervention. As soon as you lay on your back to birth your baby, you are instantly restricting your pelvic area by 30 percent. That alone is an issue that by itself is a problem.”

She continued on the risks of said birthing position, adding, “Not to mention you’re increasing your risk of tearing, not to mention you’re probably going to stall labor, not to mention that your labor experience is going to be longer and harder because you’re working against gravity.”

A lot of studies back these claims, with a study conducted by M. Golara MRCOG, F. Plaat FRCA, and A.H. Shennan MD MRCOG on Science Direct finding that birthing in this position can make labor last an average of 22 minutes longer.

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