Benefits: Excellent use of gravity, easy for attendant to see birth, opens pelvis, takes pressure off back, known as one of the best positions to facilitate a difficult birth. Drawbacks: Can be extremely tiring, hard position to get into, can cause a quick birth and tearing.
Many women in labor choose this position to chive birth because squatting opens the pelvis and takes advantage of the gravity, pushing the baby down the birth canal faster. This birthing position gives the mom-to-be a sense of control and the pelvic opening is about 30% wider during squatting than in a supine position. If you get tired, try to stand or sit back to relax in between contractions. You can also use a birthing ball. Using a birthing ball will help relax your perineal area and legs during labor.