KICO, I bang on about this ALL the time! But what is it?! KICO is an abbreviation I came up with for this amazing position which has been around for years! ‘Knees in calves out’. It works beautifully during the later stages of labour and the ‘pushing’ stage by optimising the space in your pelvic outlet. It literally opens up your pelvis, your sacrum moves outwards and your baby swiftly makes an appearance!
“Dropping a quick note to say THANK YOU for all of your work. I learned so much from your account and was able to have the natural birth I desired with my midwife. Zero interventions (except continuous monitoring because of a single artery umbilical cord…thankfully they were wireless monitors), zero tears and a healthy baby girl. I celebrated inside when the nurse told me opening my knees might help and my midwife quickly responded that knees in can actually help open the pelvis!! Delivered on all fours with KICO. I also had labor that stalled as soon as I got to the birthing center and was 100% a result of my surroundings. When different intervention options were discussed, I decided to go home and felt empowered to make that decision because of everything I’ve read. As soon as I got home and in a comfortable environment, my contractions started again every 5 minutes. Went back to the hospital and Baby Girl was born 3 hours later. Thank you for everything you do!”
No matter who you are, what your past life or current life entails it’s safe to know that YOU can influence with the power of the mind and when you do, magical things really do start to happen!
Emma aka The Naked Doula