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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Another was "d**king around on a birthing ball and fell off, cracking his skull on the ground".
In that job, Bumber said, she would monitor the fetus, track the mother's progress toward giving birth and take the mother's vital signs intermittently, helping each patient deal with pain through medication, showering, walking or using a birthing ball.
Intervention: The meta-analysis included studies of mothers who did not receive epidural anesthesia in the first stage of labor and were positioned in the upright position (ambulation, upright position in bed, and birthing ball) as the test group and those who used the recumbent position (supine, supine lithotomy, dorsal, lateral, and bed restriction) as the control group.
Apart from exercise, Lahbati recommended a birthing ball to accompany one's exercise.
She is now bouncing on a birthing ball to try to speed things along.
But the birthing ball (also known as a sports ball or fitness ball) can change that.
"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.
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.