How to Use a Birthing Stool

A birthing stool is a seat normally made from wood that is used to aid a woman when giving birth. The stool is made in such a way to sustain a substantial amount of weight and pressure. This method of pregnancy is preferred instead of lying on their back in a lot of European countries. The women kneel on the stool and with the help of a trained midwife are aided when going through labour contractions before and after birth.

Things you will need

  • Birthing Stool
  • Disinfectant


  1. Purchase the birthing stool or you can have one made for you. Make sure it is thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant and ready for when the female is ready to begin labour. Also secure that the size is appropriate for the mother that will be using it.
  2. Once the mother is ready to give birth, allow her to squat on the stool with her legs wide. The birthing stool has no back or arm rest so it allows the mother to find the most suitable position for pushing out the baby. The birthing stool helps to widen the female’s pelvis and allow the gravity to naturally help to push the baby down while reducing the chance of tearing the woman. This provides one of the most natural and hygienic birth experiences.
  3. The midwife or physician then kneels or sit so they can carefully guide the baby while it is being pushed from the mother. At times the mother may be asked to walk around to keep her body moving while she practices to focus her breathing. The birth stool is mainly used to provide support during the times when she wants to sit.
  4. the physicians may massage the mother to ease her pain during the proceedings. Once the baby is out, the midwife can cut the umbilical cord to detach the new born baby from the mother and have the child cleaned up.
  5. Secure that the birthing stool is again thoroughly cleaned after every single use.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not use the birthing stool unless it has been thoroughly sanitized. While a woman is giving birth, you never want to cause complications and expose her to being infected while giving birth.
  • While giving birth, a mother can ask a birth partner for assistance and support for her arm to help her to cope with the process.