We all know that in the midst of giving birth, women will try any position to help with labour. But we didn’t know, until now, that labouring on the toilet is actually a popular position and midwives say that it’s very effective for many mums.

A photo has been posted by a doula, showing a woman sitting on the toilet with one foot on a birth stool, deep in the throws of labour.

The doula, from North Dallas Doula Associates, shares why she recommends this position.

“All of my clients know that I love using the toilet for labor. It’s the best way to release a pelvic floor and help a baby descend into the pelvis,” she commented. “The contractions are super intense on the potty, but that’s because they are super productive!”

“Trust me when I tell you, this is one of the all time best labor positions!!!!”

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Another birthing expert, Belinda Joyce, midwife, maternal and child health nurse, author and mother of four, spoke to Babyology saying that she is also supportive of labouring on the toilet.

“This position is excellent in active labour for both comfort and progress,” she says.

“In my experience, women rarely want to move away from this position. It increases the internal diameters of the pelvis allowing the baby to descend deeper and move into a better position.”

There Is A Butt

But there is a ‘but”. Belinda warns that women shouldn’t on the toilet seat for too long as it could cause swelling.

The midwife also reassures mums that while it is extremely unlikely that the baby would fall into the toilet, women still need to take care as labour progresses.

“It can become a problem as 2nd stage (pushing) begins, as the birth can occur on the toilet and it is difficult for the midwife or doctor to assist with the birth if required or to catch the baby,” says Belinda.

“In many hospitals and birth centres, there are birthing stools available which allow this same position on a padded seat similar to a toilet seat and also allows access if required during the birth and to catch the baby!”

Lots Of Support

The original Instagram post has attracted a number of comments with many followers sharing their experiences of toilet labour.

“I was on the toilet when my baby’s head started to come through,” said one.

“Yep, that’s where I spent the majority of my labor, right,” said another.

Another wholeheartedly agreed:
“This was my favorite position when I was in labor actually! It was soothing for me, personally. I also preferred to poop because it helped with the pressure!”

“It was literally the only place I could comfortable enough to labor,” said one.

“I went from 6cm to pushing after a trip to the toilet in labor,” another mum shared.

So labouring on the toilet may not be the most attractive place to push out a baby but who really cares. If it works, it works!

Did you/would you labour on the toilet? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Can’t imagine doing this. Much happier with the bed.


  • You would think that they would invent something similar to have birth on the toilet a seat like a toilet but something that the doctors could get underneath and that there is no danger to the baby


  • By listening to your body you might end up in this position, the sitting position looks comfy and natural to me.


  • I don’t think I would be comfortable with that and I’m certainly not going back to give it a try. Maybe it all boils down to what options you have been given and finding the one that suits you the best.


  • God I personally wouldn’t cope in this position lol I hated sitting or laying down


  • I know of one Mum who spent most of the time laying on her side. She has a spinal problem and it was the only way she could lay except when they put her on her back to check her progress. Because of her back she only had one baby. They were advised not to risk another pregnancy.


  • I guess you do what you have to do at the time. You cant always predict when and where baby decides to enter the world and what is the best position for each mother is individual.


  • Its a very good position and its really helps even after delivery


  • Wow! That’s something to keep in mind for next time.


  • 2 of my 3 labour’s I was on the toilet and they progressed so much quicker than the one I was made to lay on the bed for!


  • Wouldn’t a birthing stool be better? They have a hole like a toilet, they are designed for woman to sit on and give birth.
    I personally found the toilet uncomfortable all the times I had to get up and pee during my labour. But each to their own.


  • I think you’ve just gotta do what you gotta do to get that baby out!


  • Mmmm not sure that is good. What if the baby comes suddenly – no not a good place to give birth.


  • Thanks for the post – but I won’t be trying it – my baby days are finally over!!!!


  • Nope I was on the bed I would find it quite uncomfortable personally but each to their own and whatever works go for it!


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