Good Questions: Birthing Chairs

Good Questions: Birthing Chairs

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Alejandra Valera
Jul 2, 2007

Elizabeth sent an email: "Birthing chairs, what gives? I'm planning on a natural birth when my daughter is born in October and I have a friend who had a natural birth who said her doula suggested one.

What can you and your readers tell me about them?"

Great question, Elizabeth!

For many women who are planning a natural birth, a birthing chair may be a handy accessory to have around. Generally introduced during the second stage of labor, a birthing chair (or stool, or bar) allows women to squat during labor thus allowing gravity to help you move the baby through the birth canal. Of course, the best person to discuss this with is your midwife or doctor.

We found a few online retailers who make birthing chairs. Daisy Feet birth stools are handmade using in oak, cherry, maple or walnut; and Evergreen Design Workshop has their own patented stool design called the Knock Down Birthing Stool.

What can you tell Elizabeth about birthing chairs? Did you use one? Are you planning on using one? Please share your experience.

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