Slide show: Labor positions
Woman in labor on hands and knees
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Don't be embarrassed to get on your hands and knees during labor. Try it in bed or on a floor mat. You'll take the pressure off your spine, which might ease back pain, and kneeling while leaning forward can open your pelvis. A hands-and-knees position might boost your baby's oxygen supply as well. To give your arms a break, lower your shoulders to the bed or floor mat and place your head on a pillow.

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