Slide show: Labor positions
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During labor, rhythmic motions can be soothing. Gently rock while sitting on a sturdy chair, the edge of the bed or a birthing ball — a large rubber ball often used as a tool during unmedicated childbirth.

If you're seated in a chair, you might ask your support person to sit on the floor in front of you and lean back against your knees. If you're sitting all the way back in the chair, the pressure on your knees might help ease low back pain.

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