A squat bar is a piece of equipment that is used to help the mother in labor to achieve a squatting position. This position is said to be more beneficial than other positions in helping the baby to descend through the birth canal. The squat bar may also be called a delivery bar, labor bar, or birthing bar.
Squat Bar vs. Birthing Stool
Squat bar is somehow closely related to the term birthing stool, which is a piece of furniture that is also used to help the mother in labor to achieve a squatting position. The main difference between the two terms is that a squat bar is typically attached to a stand or frame, while a birthing stool is not.
The only advantage of this Squat bar is that the height adjustable, which means that it can be made to fit the needs of any woman. This is important because not all women are the same height, and so a one-size-fits-all birthing stool may not be ideal for everyone. Additionally, a squat bar typically has a wider surface area than a birthing stool, which makes it more comfortable for the woman to use.
This image shows how often the term Squat Bar is used in relation to other, similar birth terms:
As squatting is good in delivering baby and very helpful in the first stage of labor. However, best consult your doctor about this as this also displays drawbacks like:
- it can lead to hemorrhoids
- perineal tearing.
- putting the baby in breech position
- develop low umbilical cord vessel
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