Is Variable balans the best chair for pregnant women?

The benefits of using a kneeling chair during pregnancy

Midwife, Jean Sutton, and Pauline Scott, an antenatal teacher, in a theory they developed called  ‘Optimal Foetal Positioning‘ (OFP) [1], found that the mother’s position and movement could influence the way her baby lay in the womb in the final weeks of pregnancy. Many difficult labours result from ‘malpresentation’, where the baby’s position makes it hard for the head to move through the pelvis, so changing the way the baby lies could make birth easier for mother and child.

If your baby is persistently posterior, Sutton recommends using a special kneeler-rocker chair for the last few weeks of pregnancy, specifically the Variable balans, originally made by Stokke, which is now Varier.

The Variable balans sits you in a helpful upright position with knees lower than your chest, but it has rockers underneath it. The combination of upright posture and rocking movement encourages the baby to rotate.

Much has been written about the benefits and comfort of using a kneeling chair during all stages of pregnancy.

If one can afford it the ultimate best chair for pregnant women is possibly the Gravity balans.  This chair is one of the most unique and remarkable seating products ever developed. Its unique 4 positions take you from the kneeling position (like the Variable) all the way back to zero gravity reclining, all in one chair.



Kneeling chairs like the Variable balans and specialty chairs like the Gravity balans can assist and ease discomfort for all types of sitters in general, but can be especially helpful for persons in special circumstances like people suffering from existing back pain, pregnancy as mentioned here, in an upcoming post you will learn how a kneeling chair like the Variable balans can assist with prostate pain.





[1] ‘Understanding and Teaching Optimal Foetal Positioning‘ by Jean Sutton and Pauline Scott, in New Zealand: Birth Concepts, 1995.


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