First-time mothers who give birth in a kneeling position experience less pain than those who deliver in a seated position, researchers in Sweden reported in the journal BJOG last month (published January 2006). The randomized controlled trial found little difference in the length of pushing between the two groups. However, women in a seated position reported a higher level of pain, less comfort giving birth and more frequent feelings of vulnerability and exposure than women in the kneeling position. Women in the kneeling position also reported significantly less pain after delivery than those in the sitting position. Visit www.tinyurl.com/f3mtv for an abstract of the study.