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About the Original deBY Birth Support:

The Support was built with labouring women in mind.

Cilia demonstrates the chair

Forward position most effectively simulates a true squat:

  • The Support is designed so the woman can sit back, lean forward on her hands, or put most of her weight on her feet. She can intuitively adjust her body to most efficiently move her baby toward birth and maintain good blood flow to her own body parts.
  • The woman's legs are spared the stress of true squatting, yet the benefits of squatting are maintained. The added advantage of using the Support's hand grips is that sustained pressure is put on the pelvic acupressure points near her thumb. Activating these pressure points stimulates strong, coordinated contractions.
  • The support is low enough that the woman's feet can be firmly placed on the floor for grounding and balanced support, while relaxing her pelvic structures as needed.

Open design for easy access:

  • The Support is open on all sides, allowing the practitioner easy visualization and access to the woman and baby for monitoring and emergency birth maneuvers.

Active women have a healthy sense of well-being:

  • Being securely supported to give birth in the upright position, with both feet on the ground, encourages a sense of strength and well-being in women, and therefore promotes positive birth outcomes for both mother and baby.
  • The psychological advantages of the vertical birth have not yet been formally researched, but Dutch practitioners and others who have used the deBy Birth Support or studied the vertical position for birth agree that:
    Giving birth in the supine position often makes women feel passive and helpless. This sensation is sometimes compared with the helplessness of a beetle on its back. The erect position not only functions optimally because of its positive effect of gravity... but in particular because of its positive influence on the woman's mental state and well-being. (Saskia van Rees, Beatrijs Smulders, Astrid Limburg, Prof. Dr. GJ Kloosterman in "Giving Birth," 1987)

See pictures of the Support in use:

The modern woman wants choices in birth, and the deBy Birth Support is one that should be part of every birthing suite. It is simple, easy to store and clean, lightweight, hygienic, and most of all, it works!

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