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
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
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).