Swiss ball

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An air-filled ball constructed of elastic PVC which measure 35 to 85 cm (14 to 34 inches) which is used in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise and as an assistive device for weight training.

Swiss ball

An inflatable vinyl or rubber ball, used in exercise training, rehabilitation, and sports to treat low back pain or to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and chest. Synonym: balance ball; fitness ball; stability ball
See also: ball
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We stopped watching the clock after the first three contractions on the birth ball, which had gone from 5 minutes, to 4 minutes, and then 3 minutes apart.
I was compelled to lean on something though (the recliner was too rocky, the birth ball was too low).
massage, stroking or acupressure), 7% used birth balls, 6% used hot or cold applications, 6% used water immersion, 4% used music or aroma therapy, and 4% used the shower.
A few contractions later, as I rocked leaning over the birth ball, I started to really feel like labor was coming along efficiently and quickly.
An annual nurse appreciation day or the donation of a few birth balls or rice packs to the delivery floor (with the organization's logo) can be a simple way to begin.
A birth ball, rice sock, hot water bottle, massage oil, a bag of frozen peas, eye pillow, fans, etc.
We set up one corner of the room with pillows and birth balls, where we could massage the midwives and demonstrate various birth ball positions.
I made magnets with my business card to give away and I sat on my birth ball to attract attention.
sitting or leaning on a birth ball (worth its weight in whimsy), side-lying, cold packs, and rolling pressure (with a rolling pin or cold beverage can).
We discussed my work and her work and the joys of the birth ball.
The second, Practical Birth Preparation, looks at ways to stay calm and relaxed during labour, using techniques like massage, birth balls and water.