Almost every soap opera or TV program depicts a woman in labour lying flat on her back on a hospital bed screaming, or in a lift or a car in a flat panic. Why? Because it makes good TV; we enjoy drama.
For most of pregnancy it’s recommended that you avoid lying flat on your back, why would this change on the day you are birthing your baby?
Being upright and forward (ie not lying down) is a far better way to birth.