OA or OP labor?
There are differences seen in the labor pattern of an anterior baby and that of the posterior baby. These signals may help you determine whether a baby is in the occipital posterior position. These signals may also show up in labors where the baby has to get symmetrical for labor to progress, whether or not the long labor is caused by a posterior position.
These labor patterns describe labors for women with round or triangular pelvises.
Women with an anthropoid or oblong pelvis is longer front to back than side to side and can have a rather quick and straight forward posterior labor (24-32 hours, no extreme back pain, maybe no back pain, and no start and stop pattern, etc.
Enjoy the photos of this second time mother who shares her posterior labor. She did yoga every week and still had a posterior baby. Yet her added flexibility allowed her labor to progress steadily and helped baby to rotate in labor to an anterior position.
Anterior (ideal) Posterior (sunny side up)
In latent labor: Gradual onset Start and stop pattern common
Short contr.s that get longer Contr.s can start very long
And get shorter later
Mild contr.s get stronger Can seem like transition in latent labor and get milder later
Raina does an abdominal lift and tuck through each of ten contractions.
Raina enjoys the break inbetween contractions!
This simple technique helped Raina's labor progress. She was happy to have her work done and her baby in her arms!
See more of Raina's birth pictures
in Real Stories
In early labor: Manageable if not fearful Often no back labor yet
Occasionally a 3-4 cm lull Strong contractions but dilation not more than 3-4 cm.
for quite a while, hours often.
Time to 4 cm not clinically im- Time to 4 cm can be 24 hrs
portant, meaning healthy women if rotation needed to enter brim
can eat; labor at home now, etc
In active labor: Primip rotation typical at 5 cm Rotation if roomy midpelvis
5cm is an emotional time 5 cm can be peak of pain if rotation happens then, trans can seem milder,
8 cm peak of labor pain Lull at 6 and lip at 9,
Symmetrical contr pattern Contr.s double peak, cluster
Pushing: Lull of 5-30 min.s common Lull of one or several hours before urge to push at 10 cm
Lull possible when flexion is slight Contractions can be spaced far in long labor, mother could rest between
and molding necessary
OK to curl back and tuck chin Straight back, arched helps baby fit and descend better than a curled back!
A posterior labor is different than an anterior labor
The position of a "sunny-side up baby," one facing the front, is called occiput posterior. A posterior baby fits less easily than the anterior baby. A posterior baby's head seems bigger because of the angle it’s in when in the pelvis.
When a baby starts labor with his or her back on mother’s right, or along the mother's spine, labor may be longer, and sometimes may even need a doctor's intervention to finish the birth with Pitocin IV, a vacuum and/or by cesarean.
Other posterior babies come out with little fuss, like the labor portrayed here. A few babies don't even need to rotate to come out. They might even come out in just a few hours of labor. We can’t panic just because the baby is posterior. Most posterior babies turn around, rotate, to the anterior during labor.
You can do activities before and during labor that help the baby rotate sooner or more easily. These activities and techniques may even reduce the need for medical interventions. Not all, but most women will find benefits from applying this information. Remember to start with the 3-Principles.
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.