What makes labor easier for a face-first baby and you?
Balance the body and the baby will thank you by curling into position to aim, not their face, but the crown of their head.
Flexion is physiological. So support physiology and the baby will change their position. We may need a little physics.
In Labor with a Face or Brow Presentation
Back baby up!
Forward-leaning Inversion with a jiggle of the buttocks right through 1-2 contractions often backs baby up so they can tuck their chin. Then they can aim into the pelvis with an easier position.
A little effort can make labor a lot easier!
Only after baby’s crown is first, then do Side-lying Release in labor.
Before Labor with a face or brow presentation
Face presentation may reflect a psoas/pelvic floor imbalance with a collapse in the front body.
Free the piriformis, strengthen the buttocks, lengthen the hamstrings, squat for lengthening the pelvic floor, don’t worry about strengthening the pelvic floor right now. Alignment, walking, stabilizing and lengthening will tone the pelvic floor. Use it by breathing with your whole body.
Before labor, it’s safe to do Side-lying Release when baby’s face-first head isn’t in the pelvis yet.
Free the way
The psoas is the upper guide, the pelvic floor is the lower guide. release spasms and lengthen both.
Make room for the baby by releasing muscles that spasm, lengthen ligaments that are shortened, and support the abdominal muscles by attending to the muscles that interact with them, don’t go directly to the front first.