Top 9 Labor Positions "Relaxation is the #1 required item for us to allow our bodies to open up and allow the baby to descend. Gravity is a close #2 requirement to help the process along. Relaxation and gravity working together is a perfect combination for labor to progress. When we tense up our bodies go into a ‘flight or flight’ mentality and labor/progress can slow down, if not stop all together. So it is imperative that we keep a healthy and calm mindset while laboring."