birthing ball


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birthing ball

n
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) a large soft rubber ball used by women during childbirth to give support and to aid pain relief
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But the birthing ball (also known as a sports ball or fitness ball) can change that.
I spent a full weekend cutting out all the tokens on a birthing ball.
I was soaked and had to strip and sit on a birthing ball, sliding all over the place, while Christopher went to get clothes for me.
Left, Jackie Bessford with a birthing ball at the new centre in Newcastle
My swiss fit ball proved very useful as a birthing ball helping with backache and posture through my pregnancy.
Set in 1982, the episode also presented challenges for Ruth, not least having to smoke in virtually every scene - and trying to stop Philip Glenister and Dean Andrews, who plays Ray Carling, from nicking her birthing ball.
She shows the mum-to-be how to use a birthing ball during labour to get into a comfortable position.
Selected Strategies for Relieving Labor Discomfort Strategy Overall Use Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Epidural/spinal analgesia 76% 81% 10% Immersion in tub or pool 6% 48% 43% Hands-on techniques 20% 41% 51% Narcotics 22% 40% 35% Use of birthing ball 7% 34% 33% Shower 4% 33% 45% Application of hot or cold 6% 31% 50% Note: Based on the 2006 Listening to Mothers II Survey Report of 1,573 women delivering singletons.
I used a birthing ball to help open me, not to mention that it really helped during the contractions to focus on rocking instead of the pain.
But anything from listening to a favorite CD to sitting on a birthing ball to taking a warm shower helps the body relax, she says.
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.