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Labor MANAGEMENT I ssues

Back Labor

Back labor is characterized by a laboring mother feeling each contraction almost totally in her lower back. The pain may be intense and interfere with her ability to relax. This situation is generally caused by her baby’s head facing upward, or occiput posterior, causing more pressure on the mother’s pelvis and tailbone. This is due to the hard part of the baby’s head being positioned on the bones. Frequent position changes can help to facilitate the rotation of the baby’s head. This allows the baby’s face to point toward the mother’s back (occiput anterior) which is more favorable for birth.

Head is in anterior position (Occiput Anterior or OA)

Head is in posterior position (Occiput Posterior or OP)

Your partner can apply pressure to the small of your back during a contraction. This will help to decrease

the discomfort of back labor.

Frequent position changes can help to facilitate the

rotation of the baby’s head.

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