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Changing Attitudes

Women need to be supported in comfortable positions during labour and birth

As easy as 1 2 3 :

1. Frame

2. Orientations

3. Cushions

Many Positions

for Better Birth

Designed for Hospital Birth

All women benefit from comfortable positions in labour. With cushions placed only where they are needed, there is plenty of access to the mother's abdomen for monitoring purposes, whether using hand held devices or EFM leads.

Technical Information

The OK chair consists of a tubular marine grade stainless steel frame which can be used in two positions. The ‘portrait’ orientation supports women in a standing or ‘praying’ position, and the ‘landscape’ orientation supports them in an all-fours position or sitting. 

Three cushions can be snapped onto the frame. The smallest always supports the woman’s head and arms. The middle cushion is for kneeling on in the ‘prayer’ position or to provide a back for the birthing chair; and the largest, the seat, is shaped to allow for the birth. 

 

Materials

  • Core: 15 mm poplar plywood 
  • Fill: 2” high density seating grade foam 
  • Upholstery: Chieftain crib 5 antimicrobial Just Colour or Multistretch vinyl, JIS Z 2801:2000 
  • Cushions: Secured by purpose made snap-on Terry clips 

 

Tested by FIRA to the following British Standards 

  • Structure: BS EN 1022 2005 (domestic furniture – seating – determination of stability) Pass
    BS EN 16139 2013 (furniture – strength, durability and safety requirements for non-domestic furniture) Pass* (*back rest excepted, designed to be removable)
  • Fire: BS 5852 Clause 12, ignition sources 0, 1 and 5 Pass

 

'Very comfortable and adaptable'  'Sturdy'  'Should be one in every labour unit' 'Compact, comfortable, promotes upright positions' 'Great for labour wards,'
STOP PRESS  'EFM is useful but freedom of maternal movement is more important '
https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.15026