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2. The Normal Birth Position

The most common birth position is a cephalic presentation, meaning that the head is facing downwards. The weight of the fetus’ head puts pressure on the cervix and helps widen it, making delivery easier. An occiput anterior position is when the baby is head-down and faces the mother’s back. The neck is bent forward, the chin is tucked in, the body angles to one side, and the arms fold across the chest. Physicians say this is the best and safest position for passage through the birth canal. Babies usually go into this position between 32 and 36 weeks, though some do not transition until days before the delivery date.

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