Squatting back on
the birth ball
- The birthing ball will give the mother back support
when squatting to widen the pelvic outlet.
- Stand with your exercise ball between your
the wall with feet slightly more than hip width apart, toes pointed
- Hold the back of a chair for support if you need to.
- Pull your chest up, relax your shoulders, and lower
yourself to the floor.
- You should feel most of your weight toward your heels.
positions using the labor ball:
Sitting on the ball leaning forward
Standing leaning over the labor ball
Kneeling leaning over the ball
Sitting up on the ball.
found sitting on a ball or side lying on the ball while pushing during
the second stage of labor was better than lying on your back for the
- The duration of the second stage of labor was reduced
- There was a small reduction in the number of labors
- Less episiotomies were required
- There was a slight increase in 2nd degree perineal
- The risk of blood loss more than 500ml was greater.
- There were fewer reports of severe pain during the
- There was a reduction in the number of abnormal
fetal heart rate patterns
The findings suggest that women should assume the most comfortable
position to give birth. Using the exercise ball as a birth ball is a
More information on the birth ball/labor ball:
is a labour ball?
readers' ball tips
pain found in study
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