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Fetal Positions for Labor and Birth

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Updated June 11, 2014

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Left Occiput Posterior (LOP)
Left Occiput Posterior (LOP)

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When your baby is lying in the pelvis facing forward and slightly to the left, so that the baby would be looking out the right thigh, it is said to be in the Left Occiput Posterior (LOP) position. This presentation can lead to more back pain and a slower labor.

To help prevent this pain, decrease pain or to help encourage your baby into a better position for delivery, you can use a variety of positions, including:

In addition to moving the baby, specific comfort measures can include:

This position is sometimes the cause of back labor.

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