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.
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.
One nurse, Stephanie, helped me immensely by allowing me to stay on the birth ball while she held the monitor on my belly for 15 minutes.
A little more than a week later, the camera returns with Mindy in labor and focusing in on her breathing as she uses a birth ball to go through a contraction.
Back home, sitting on the birth ball was somewhat helpful, but kneeling on the ground leaning over the birth ball was better.
They get to see women labor in birth tubs, on a birth ball, use massage techniques and all sorts of positive, gravity-promoting positions, along with lots of support from their partners.
Along with homebirths, she spent a lot time working in the hospitals, cultivating relationships with nurses, and putting up with strange looks as she carried her birth ball through the halls.
Two hours later as I leaned over the birth ball on top of my bed Chloe was born after a pushing stage that lasted all of two contractions.
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).