Optimal Fetal Positioning

“‘Optimal Fetal Positioning‘ (OFP) is a theory developed by a midwife, Jean Sutton, and Pauline Scott, an antenatal teacher, who found that the mother’s position and movement could influence the way her baby lay in the womb in the final weeks of pregnancy. Many difficult labours result from ‘malpresentation’, where the baby’s position makes it hard for the head to move through the pelvis, so changing the way the baby lies could make birth easier for mother and child.” Read More Here

Of course, lying on your back (as they have you in the hospital) is the worst position, which may account for a lot of the horror stories that you hear from women who birth there & the resulting high need for meds and eventual c-sections.

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  1. hello, I’m Jean Sutton, author with Pauline Scott of Understanding and Teaching IFP. We have reprinted the book, and are contacting people who may be interested in having it. With postage as bad as it is, I have been trying to find a way for handlers to take orders and send them for me to post direct from New Zealand. Others stock them themselves. There is so much work to be done, trying to convince parents of the importance of the best position to protect the baby’s head and neck. Osteopathy and Chiropractic are the only winners when babies don’t tuck up properly.
    Best wishes for your work jean


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