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Fetal Positions for Labor and Birth


Updated June 11, 2014

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Left Occiput Anterior (LOA)
Left Occiput Anterior (LOA)

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The Left Occiput Anterior (LOA) position is the most common in labor. It general represents no problems or additional pain during labor or birth. Here the back of the baby's head is slightly off center in the pelvis with the back of the head towards the mother's left thigh.
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