Why Deliver in the Supine Position?
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2008
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 104–106, May 1992
How to Cite
Allahbadia, G. N. and Vaidya, P. R. (1992), Why Deliver in the Supine Position?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 32: 104–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.1992.tb01918.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2008
Summary: This study was conducted at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Bombay, India during the year 1990. The aim was to compare the routinely used supine position versus ambulation in the first stage and squatting position during the second stage of labour. Our study was comprised of 200 patients both primigravidas and multigravidas; 100 were kept in the supine position throughout labour and 100 were kept ambulatory in the first stage and adopted the squatting position during the second stage. The study showed a shortening of both stages of labour in the squatting group but the incidence of complications was less in the control group. It was concluded that without proper birthing chairs which can give excellent perineal support, the usual supine position is preferable in our setup.