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The Lithotomy Position During Birth: Is it Safe?

HAhwoi
2020-10-16 11:37:52

For some ladies inside their Reproductive years, this image brings endless recollections. Particularly in settings where ladies are given no choices during birth except for to lie on your back.

This position is known as the lithotomy position and is named for its association with lithotomy, a system to eliminate bladder stones. It includes lying on your back with your legs spread 90 degrees at your hips. Your knees will be bowed at 70 to 90 degrees, and cushioned footstools connected to the table will uphold your legs.

Until recently, the position was the preferred standard birthing position utilized by numerous hospitals.

This is because emergency clinics are presently moving ceaselessly from this position; progressively, they're utilizing birthing beds, birthing seats, and the crouching position.

Although it is no longer the only method one can use especially during the second phase of delivery, when mothers begin pushing, a few specialists favour it since it gives them better access to both mother and child.

But the question remains is it safe?

In-fact it is safe but has its own advantages and disadvantages. These advantages and disadvantages I will share with you.

The advantages of the lithotomy position include

·        It permits the birthing specialist or specialist to have a legitimate perspective on the perineum and furthermore access the pelvis

·        The specialist or birthing assistant leading conveyance can expect an agreeable position

The disadvantages are that, in a 2016 study comparing different birthing positions noted that the lithotomy position lowers blood pressure, which can make contractions more painful and draw out the birthing process.

Also it has been found that the position increases women’s risk of getting sphincter injuries and these can have lasting implications like faecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

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