Sitting on the birth ball
- Sitting on the ball and leaning over onto your bed or
a chair is a comfortable way to rest between contractions.
- This position helps take pressure off the sacroiliac
- It allows the mother to relax certain muscle groups
while remaining supported.
More information on the birthing ball/labor ball:
is a birth ball?
ball tips from our readers
study shows pain reduction
A study published by the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2011
looked at use of the labor ball in the management of pain during
labor.(1) A group of 60 women aged 18 to 35 were divided into
a study group and a control group. Pain scores in the study group, the
women who used the birth ball were significantly lower than the mean
scores in the control group. The study also looked at the effects of
the birth ball on the duration of labor and found that while pain was
improved, the length of time women spent in active labor remained
Other positions using the birth ball:
Sitting on the ball
Standing leaning over the ball
Kneeling leaning over the ball
Taavoni, S Abdolahian, H Haghani, L Neysani. Effect of birth ball usage
on pain in the active phase of labor: a randomized controlled trial. J
Midwifery Womens Health. 2011 Mar-Apr;56(2):137-40.
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