Q: What is back labor? And, how is it different from "regular" labor?
A: "Back labor" happens when the back of the baby's head is pressing against the mother's sacrum. The baby will often turn during labor, which can relieve some of this pressure and the pain associated with it.
Q: What can you do relieve the pain of back labor?
A: Here are a few suggestions:
Apply Counterpressure - have one of your birth attendants press firmly on your lower back during the intense part of a contraction. Using the heel of the hand usually works well.
Intensive Massage - a birth attendant can massage your lower back firmly with a tennis ball or small round massage tool.
Apply Heat or Cold - try a hot water bottle, heating pad or ice pack. Stick with whichever feels best.
Change Your Position - crouching on all fours relieves the pressure of the baby's head on your sacrum. Try having someone apply counterpressure while in this position.
Keep your focus on how fantastic it will feel to hold your new baby in your arms. Your almost there - hang on!
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