In addition to opening the hips and
groin, squatting birth pose offers the following benefits:
- Stretches the lower back and
- Stimulates the digestive organs
and boosts metabolism
- Tones the abdominal muscles
- Stretches and strengthens the leg
muscles and glutes
Squatting birth pose is believed to be
ideal for delivering a baby because the position of the birth canal
allows the mother to push downward without wasted energy, and the
force of gravity assists in the process.
As a modification for those who have trouble keeping the heels on the ground, a rolled blanket or foam blocks may be placed under the heels.