According to traditional wisdom in rural France, a baby in the womb should be compared to fruit on the tree. Not all the fruit on the same tree is ripe at the same time...we must accept that some babies need a much longer time than others before they are ready to be born. - Michel Odent
"Except for being hanged by the feet, the supine position is the worst conceivable position for labor and delivery." This is very true. I am a midwife and it is essential to delivery upright MORE than 45 degree semi-recumbent for the best outcome for you and for baby. Your perineum and your newborn will thank you.
The hour following birth is undoubtedly one of the most critical phases in the life of human beings. It is not by chance that all human groups have routinely disturbed the physiological processes in this short period of time, via beliefs and rituals. Our cultural milieus are to a great extent shaped at the very beginning of the mother-newborn interaction