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

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

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

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  • 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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  • I might have to try this for my next one. I actually wanted to be in the bath, but I wasn’t allowed because I was induced so maybe this is a good option. I wish I knew this was an option when I was in labour with my first because I wanted to sit, but the pressure from sitting was so uncomfortable that I ended up just kneeling on the ground holding onto the side of the bed. Fun times…

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  • I was made to do that and it didn’t work and I was paranoid about my baby hitting the inside of the toilet which will hurt a lot!

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  • I hadn’t heard of this before but whatever helps the individual, it is their choice.

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  • When I was in labour and felt like I needed to pee, I went to the toilet and yes it did feel good while I was sitting there. I wasn’t allowed to sit in there too long though and really didn’t want to knowing it was a toilet. Yes it was in a labour room but I just can’t get past that it is a toilet.

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  • I will take whatever position midwife suggest as they are experts.

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  • No, and I needed all the help I could get!!

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  • Very interesting. Never heard of it before but if it helps get baby out faster and easier, count me in!

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  • Anything that will help with the birth is a great idea. Maybe they can make something similar in the hospital so it’s not an actual toilet.

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  • I’ve had 3 babies and if being on the toilet makes the contractions more intense, then no. I won’t be using it. My first and third labours weren’t induced (my second was) and my contractions were intense enough with them – try going from less than 3 cm to fully dilated in 30 minutes. That was intense enough for me!
    But if it helps others get things happening quicker then as someone else said, maybe a birthing stool which has a similar shape or whatever it is that helps but still allows a midwife easy access to assist if needed would be a very good idea.

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  • MAYBE hospitals can use this knowledge to develop a replica in this position without it actually having to be a toilet

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  • Yup! I was so paranoid that I would poo in the hospital bed while giving birth and I felt like I needed to go – so I spent some time on the loo…. and I did poo! Gosh it made me feel better.

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