Optimal Pelvic Positioning
Produced by BirthWorks International, Jean Sutton and Cathy Daub

[2009, BirthWorks International; 2 hours, 30 min., DVD.]

[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 95, Autumn 2010, © 2010, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Toni Rakestraw.]

Cathy Daub shares some excellent tips on how to position the pelvis to allow the baby the easiest access through the pelvis during birth. From the best sitting postures to help baby stay in an anterior position, to the best positions for labor, moms-to-be can learn how to make birth easier. Tips like dancing during labor, opening up the pelvis by keeping the hips uneven and keeping the knees below the pelvis are useful hints for moms to use both before labor and during the birth. Although the first portion of this film is helpful for moms-to-be, I found the quality of the video a bit distracting. When the two women are in front of light colored backgrounds, they look like they are outlined with a black line. The video quality is also a bit fuzzy. Even so, it’s worth checking out, especially for the information contained in the second, longer section of the video, which features Jean Sutton, author of Optimal Fetal Positioning.

Sutton’s wisdom and humor are the best things about the entire video. She’s created so many wonderful visual aids that really convey the points she tries to make. Sutton’s methods of turning occiput posterior babies during labor and ensuring that the baby can practically fall out during birth are eye-opening if you’ve never heard of her techniques. This portion is a real treasure for midwifery students and practicing midwives. She may help you understand the process of second stage more clearly, and she may help you remember some tidbits that will assist you at the next birth you attend.

Reviewer Toni Rakestraw has birthed eight children, who have taught her the benefits of breastfeeding. She is a freelance writer and editor by day and is currently apprenticing at Midwifery Today magazine. Some of her recent artwork can be seen in the ICAN “Cesarean Voices” touring exhibit. Toni lives in Oregon with her husband and family.