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Freedom of Movement in Labor Includes Upside Down?

From the HillRomVideo channel on YouTube: Affinity IV Birthing Bed


Spoiler alert: Birth feels great in an Affinity IV (and unitard).



Hat tip: Science and Sensibility


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Reader Comments (4)

I love you and your late-night photoshopping! This is the "trendelenburg" position, used during emergencies like severe hemorrhage or cord prolapse. What I found particularly weird is that she called it the "trend position," like, "it's all the trend, just like unitards" or "we've seen an increasing trend of severe hemorrhage and cord prolapse with all of our routine interventions in labor and birth."

Thanks for the hat-tip!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Romano

You know what? I was about to add a note to the post like "Do any health care providers know why a bed would need to tip back like this?" All I could come up with was bleeding.

Like with any intervention, hospital beds are GREAT... when employed judiciously. I've read a lot of birth stories lately in which a doctor or a nurse tells the woman that she must stay in the bed because leaving the bed is very dangerous. The implied message is "leave bed, hurt your baby."

I suppose someone could start a "trend" by buying a bunch of fancy beds and wanting to see them used by every patient. Ping!

June 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Looks like this Robo-bed would be good for some pre-conception activity also. May as well throw the sexy unitard in also.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReality Rounds

Man Nurse wrote something funny in May about Robo-Beds...
Being a man in the delivery room

It was tagged "humor," but it was actually a pretty beautiful post about the space that a giant bed puts around a laboring woman, how he physically supported his wife during two of their home births and how men feel disenfranchised in the delivery room.

He also talked about the bed being a vehicle for driving around shooting babies out of your vagina like a video game. The picture says it all.

June 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill
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