What is the CUB?
The CUB is a comfortable, versatile, inflatable support designed to help mothers adopt and maintain positions that are physically the most helpful for her and her baby during labour and birth.
When the mother is in an upright position it can help the baby to be in the best (easiest) position for birth, making more space within her pelvis than if she is semi sitting or lying on her back on a bed.
Current research has shown that this can make labour shorter and giving birth easier as well as increase safety for the mother her baby by reducing the risks of complications during birth.
The CUB can be used throughout labour as a comfortable support, either to sit on, rest on or lean over as well as to give birth to the baby on; suitable for use in maternity hospitals, birth centres or at homebirths.
What are the benefits of being upright?
Being upright during labour and birth can increase the available space within your pelvis by 28-30% giving more room for baby to be born
Your contractions are more effective. Some preliminary studies have shown that an upright position in labour is as effective as an Oxytocin (Pitocin) infusion in stimulating contractions
Your baby is 54% less likely to become distressed during labour and birth if you are in an upright position
The length of the first stage of labour, between 3-10 centimetres can be significantly less when you remain upright, active and mobile
Upright positions reduce the duration of the second stage (pushing stage) of labour
Being upright has been shown to result in a 23% reduction in medically assisted deliveries- more space, less distress and a shorter labour results in fewer necessary interventions
A 21% reduction in rates of episiotomy (a cut made to the area between your vagina and anus) in women who give birth in an upright position
A 29% reduction in emergency caesarean sections
Mothers have a reduced need for epidural pain relief when they are upright