Squatting is supported by the exponents of natural birth as a beneficial way to give birth. So what are the benefits being suggested? Squatting can cut the length of labour and expedite delivery. In my experience the women, whom I have been midwife to, on changing to a squatting position do have their babies quite quickly after having been labouring for a long time. It always seem to be the last position taken, although some women put squatting as their choice of delivery position in their Birth Plan. Getting down at the right time is important otherwise it is tiring on the legs and hips.
According to Doula, Alana Bibeau, PhD, the pelvic opening is widened about 20% to 30% by using the upper legs as levers on the pelvic bones and another benefit is more oxygen gets to uterine muscles and the baby, helps to dilate the cervix,.labour pains are lessened and the incidence of episiotomy or perineal tears and caesarian section has dropped.
Squatting birth is something for pregnant women to consider.