15 Intimate Photos That Capture the Raw Strength of Birthing Moms

Genny Glassman | Sep 1, 2017 Pregnancy

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Nicole Coombs Photography

When we think of labor, we often picture a mom-to-be with her legs bent and tipping toward her sides. In every movie or TV show, moms are seen horizontal, pushing for sometimes hours in the same position. But the truth is, much like parenthood in general, there isn't only one way to go through labor. Though it is most common for women to give birth while laying down, there are some serious benefits to squatting while in labor. Squatting during labor can open the pelvis wider, help dilate the cervix, and reduce the need for an episiotomy or a C-section. And this is all just from ditching the typical birthing protocol. 

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Not only that, but squatting can encourage rapid descent, require less baring-down effort from exhausted moms, and be an excellent way to keep the baby aligned as the mom pushes. Though most moms may not have any choice in their birthing position, depending on the doctor and where they give birth, more and more women are curious about squatting while in delivery.

Talking about it is nothing compared to seeing it. Luckily, we found 15 incredible photos that show women squatting while in labor, and they are so beautiful we'd bet some pregnant mamas out there might just be convinced to try it. 

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