About the Original deBY Birth Support:
Support was built with labouring women in mind.
Cilia demonstrates the chair
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
- The Support is open on all sides, allowing the practitioner easy visualization
and access to the woman and baby for monitoring and emergency birth
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
- 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
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!
Read more about the
Birth Support's Technical Details