Are upright positions and walking beneficial in the first stage of labour?
Little information on maternal satisfaction or outcomes for babies was collected, and none of the studies compared different upright or recumbent positions.
It is more common for women in the developed world, and those in low-income countries giving birth in health facilities, to labour in bed. There is no evidence this is associated with any advantage for women or babies, although it may be more convenient for staff. Observational studies have suggested, if women lie on their backs during labour, this may have adverse effects on uterine contractions and impede progress in labour.