The upright birth types in those studies were ambulation (n=6), upright position (n=6), and birthing ball
Sitting on a birthing ball
, however, opens up the pelvis and relieves pressure off the sacrum to help open up the area and relax the muscles.
Dr Larimore, host of Ask the Family Doctor on America's Health Network, gave a detailed account as Elizabeth was injected with a hormone to induce labour and later sat on a large plastic birthing ball
She is now bouncing on a birthing ball
to try and speed things along.
The baby was breach but by bouncing on a birthing ball
Louise managed to turn her.
* ON CALL: Midwives from Calderdale Royal Hospital's labour and delivery unit, above, and below, from left: Gina Augarde tries out a birthing ball
; Michelle Nolan, from Brackenhall, with baby Ava and Community midwives Kate Large and Heather Irving invite shoppers to attend International Day of the Midwife at Huddersfield Town Hall
Positioning and the importance of not just laboring in a bed was emphasized with student-moms rocking in chairs, sitting on the birthing ball
, and leaning on the side of an elevated bed or on their student-coach for physical support.
She shows the mum-to-be how to use a birthing ball
during labour to get into a comfortable position.
"I had a go with the birthing ball
and the hammock, I've never seen one of those before.
"I spent a full weekend cutting out all the tokens on a birthing ball
"She said, 'I'm bouncing on a birthing ball
North Tyneside General Hospital's Maternity Unit recently received an alternative to the ever-popular birthing ball
, helping women in labour through the process of natural childbirth.