Counter-pressure is a common pain relief technique for labor. It’s recommended in many natural childbirth classes and it does, in fact bring relief. It also brings a lot of jokes about daddies who are exhausted by pushing on mommy’s back – and it brings a lot horror stories about the painful labors it’s used in.
So just what is it used for? It’s recommended when you have back labor.
What is Back Labor and Why am I Having It?
Back labor is persistent pain in your back, specifically low in your back around and just above your tailbone. Your tailbone (technically called your coccyx) is attached to a bony plate at the back of your pelvis. This plate is called your sacrum; above the plate is your spine. The sacrum forms the back of your pelvis and is attached to the rest of your pelvic bones by cartilage that softens during pregnancy (your pelvis isn’t rigid and your baby can move through it!). Read More