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
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
They were held in a room lit by big gothic style candles with our tutors sitting on birth balls