birthing ball


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birthing ball

A rubber ball used in labour that can support up to 300 pounds (136 kg); they are said to open the pelvic outlet, support pressure points and help gravity work with the woman’s body to speed labour. A woman in labour sits on the ball in a natural, comfortable, squatting-type position.

birthing ball

A large soft rubber ball used by women during childbirth to give support and to aid pain relief.
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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.
* 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 eating breakfast.
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.