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Getting the most out of your birthing ball! May 05 2016

Introduction

Birthing balls are hugely popular with pregnant women, but many birthing balls just aren’t used to their full potential. Instead of actually exercising with the ball during the pregnancy period, too many women leave theirs in the package until they go into labour. Below we explain how to get the best out of your birthing ball.

Stay on the ball during pregnancy

The chances are that if you're pregnant, you either have, or maybe thinking of purchasing a birthing ball. If so that's fantastic news. There are several reasons why most midwives recommend them during pregnancy.

  • Sitting on a ball will give you support while forcing you to use good posture. This will be welcome relief for your back, especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Balls have also been used to encourage baby to turn into the correct position, and can often help to make labour more comfortable for the mother to be.

 

    • Because of this it's now usual for hospital maternity units to carry a stock of birth balls, although not usually enough for a busy night on the labour ward!

This is all great news, however what's happened to the benefits of actually exercising with the ball? That seems to be something no one in the baby industry, least of all the people buying the balls, know much about. Birthing balls are one of the best things around for exercising during pregnancy, and also for getting your figure and strength back after the birth.

So, Why are they so good? Because when you exercise on the ball, you have an unstable base, and that's totally different to exercising on the floor or a bench, both of which are firm and stable.

  • The instability of the ball makes your body, and your core muscles in particular, work harder to keep you balanced, and in time these muscles will become stronger and stronger resulting in fewer injuries and less back pain. Also during pregnancy your centre of gravity is shifting on a daily basis, so that improvement in balance becomes very important.

Even when pregnant there are lots of exercises you can perform safely on a ball. Once you've been given the go ahead by your doctor (there are several contra-indications to pregnancy exercise, so you should always check with your doctor first), your workout should include exercises for your upper and lower body, your core and your pelvic floor, and also (as mentioned above) for your balance.

Before you start exercising you must learn to activate your transverse abdominus muscles (TVA).

These are deep muscles that comprise part of your 'core', and learning to control and strengthen them is necessary to help maintain good posture, alleviate back pain, and prevent injury. To find your TVA, lie on your back and put your fingertips inside your hip bones. If you cough, you’ll feel the muscles beneath your fingers twitch. That’s your TVA. To contract the TVA take a deep breath in, and then breathe out and at the same time pull your belly button in towards your spine. Those of you who've done any pilates will have done this before, and will have heard of the term 'navel to spine' many times.

When you've got the hang of this, try holding it for ten seconds while continuing to breathe. It will be tricky at first but once you've learned to 'fire and sustain' the TVA you will be able to switch it on any time you exercise, lift baby, or do anything else that requires effort.

On a serious note, if you want to use a ball during pregnancy you should always buy the 'anti-burst' variety. Some midwives I've spoken with have told me about cheaper, supermarket brand balls bursting like balloons during labour, and that doesn't bear thinking about. If punctured, an anti-burst ball will deflate slowly and not go pop. It's also important that you perform the exercises correctly in order to avoid injury, so get qualified instruction whenever you can. A quality product like The Miracle Box includes a good anti-burst ball with detailed teaching instructions. We shall be recommending some exercises for you to try out with your ball next month!

 

The Miracle Box is available to purchase for £29.99 from the miracle box, also available birthing balls from £13.99


Peanut Birth Ball - Helping Mums in Labour and Birth January 30 2015

Mums  just love peanut birth ball!

Thinking about getting a peanut shaped birth ball? Then perhaps you should look at the miracle box; leaders in birth balls. Supplying peanut birthing balls to the NCT, Doulas, NHS Trusts and many mums...

This is not just a gimmick, this is an unbelievable idea! Peanut Shaped Ball, perfect for helping all mums to be during pregnancy?

 

What is a peanut Birth Ball?

Birth Balls are commonly rounded, varying in size depending on the height of the mother-to-be ranging from 55cm to 75cm, and have many benefits to mums during pregnancy, labour and post pregnancy. However, a peanut ball, is what it says, peanut shaped, and comes very much into its own during labour especially if an epidural is performed!

So, why use a peanut ball in labour? The peanut ball gives a more controlled, multi-directional movement; with this increased stability it provides greater confidence while aiding support in the squatting position/straddling the ball, therefore giving more balance to the mother-to-be. The ball sits comfortably between the mother's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's positions with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent. The ball has been found to be most effective to help prop open a woman's legs when she cannot use upright positions due to an epidural. The ball provides a soft, comfortable, squeezable aid during the labour process. The peanut ball has been found to be at its best when used on women who receive epidural injections to alleviate pain during pregnancy as typically a mother-to-be cannot use other proven birthing methods such as squatting or using an typical round birth ball, whereas the peanut ball due its smaller size and shape fills this gap perfectly.

What size do I require?

(*from women who have used the peanut ball) *Studies have shown that the ideal size is between 45 to 55cm, therefore we have settled on a 50cm ball (approx. 19" high) typically  smaller than a round birth ball. The peanut ball can be used in conjunction with  a traditional birth ball as both have their place during pregnancy and labour. The size is measured from the base to the tallest point on one of the larger ends of the ball. This is used between the legs to open up the pelvic outlet, you don’t want it to be as large as the traditional birthing balls that are used for sitting and swaying on etc.

Who uses the peanut birth ball?

The peanut birth ball has been widely adopted in the USA, by hospitals, doulas and midwives. This is now starting to be adopted in Europe as an effective aid  during labour especially if an epideural has been used. Initially pioneered by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in the USA, clinically proven results have been outstanding. (Please see below)

How do you use the peanut ball?

There are several different positions in which you can use the peanut ball. It is also incredible useful to help support your back and neck whilst in bed, as well as being able to lean over the ball etc.

Side laying Squat Position:

When you are tired and exhausted and need to rest and lay down or you have had an epidural and  you are either not allowed or able to stand, the peanut ball can be used to simulate optimal labour positions while in a resting posture, by opening the pelvis and allowing the baby room to descend and open the cervix.

Laying Squat Position:

This position simulates a squat whilst laying down bringing your knees up and opening up the hips into a squat. (similar to using stirrups), but much better and more comfortable!

Laying Lunge Position:

The laying down lunge can be used to open the pelvis, stretch the cervix, and help rotate baby in one direction or the other depending on which way you lay and need the baby to move.

More positions and how to use the peanut birth ball effectively included with our Ball.

 

Some of the Benefits of Using a Peanut Birth Ball

1. Studies** prove that the Peanut Ball lowered C-Section rates. The C-Section rate for the group of women who used the peanut ball was 13% less than for the group that did not use the peanut ball.

2. Studies** show that ladies in labour who used the peanut ball decreased the first stage of labour by nearly 90 minutes and the second stage by 23 minutes compared with a controlled group that did not use the peanut ball.

3. The Peanut Ball can be placed between the mother to be's legs in a way to open the pelvis so dramatically as to allow the baby to get into his or her best position to be born.

4. Studies** show that the use of the Peanut Ball during labour for patients with an epidural significantly reduced the length of labour.

5. The peanut birth ball gives a more controlled, multidirectional movement, therefore giving more balance to the mother.

6. The peanut ball is commonly used by women who receive an epidural. The ball sits comfortably between the patient's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's position with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent.

7. The ball helps increase the pelvic diameter and in turn, allows more room for the foetus to descend.

Notes:

**The use of peanut balls was pioneered at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and has been rolled out to other Banner facilities throughout the USA. The Banner Good Samaritan trial included 200 pregnant women who were carrying a term baby and who had an epidural. Studies are also being conducted in Europe, and the peanut ball is starting to be widely used by Doulas, Midwives and Hospitals


The Hows and Why's of Pelvic Floor Exercise January 26 2015

The Pelvic Floor

All women should perform pelvic floor exercises regularly, but it’s particularly important both during pregnancy and post pregnancy. Strong pelvic floor muscles can aid in childbirth, and also prevent or minimize embarrassing leaks when laughing, coughing, sneezing or lifting (stress incontinence is a billion dollar industry!). Pelvic floor exercises are also known as kegels, so if you’ve heard that name and wondered what it meant, now you know!

Your pelvic floor is made up of a sling of 3 muscles that connect the pubic bone at the front to the ‘sitting bones’ at the side and the tailbone at the back. This serves as a support structure for the contents of the abdomen and pelvis, including the bowel, uterus, and bladder. The extra weight of your growing baby makes these muscles work even harder and keeping them strong can help prevent incontinence and prolapse, and also aid in the birthing process. For these reasons pelvic floor exercises should be started as early as possible in the pregnancy.

Learning to isolate and contract your pelvic floor muscles is easy. Imagine urinating and stopping in mid flow and it will be these muscles doing the work. Aim to do it without clenching your bum if possible as this brings in another set of muscles entirely. It is important though that you don’t actually do your pelvic floor exercises whilst urinating, as this can lead to problems like bladder infections.

Exercises

The great thing about pelvic floor exercises is that they can be done anywhere at any time, as only you know

you are doing them. The difficult thing is sometimes remembering to do them. To help with this try to associate them with different activities such as ironing, cooking, driving, or even having sex. After a while you’ll find yourself doing them automatically when performing these activities. They should also be performed every day, several times if possible. At first you may find it difficult and tire easily, but strength and muscle control should increase rapidly.

Squeeze and Hold

Squeeze/contract your pelvic floor muscles and hold for a count of 5 seconds. (Aim to build this to 10 seconds over a short period of time). Relax and rest for 10 seconds. Do 10 reps, several times a day.

Speed-Ums

The pelvic floor is made up of 2 different types of muscle fibres. Some respond to quick contractions and some to slow. This exercise is for the ‘quick’ fibres. Contract and lift the pelvic floor muscles as quickly and strongly as possible and let go. Gradually increase the speed of the contraction and the number of repetitions until the muscle tires. When the muscles are fatigued wait a few seconds to recover and start again. Aim to do this 10 times and repeat several times a day.

The Lift

Try and visualise your midsection as a lift, then draw your pelvic floor upwards to the first floor and hold for 3 seconds. Breathing gently but without releasing the contraction, draw upwards to the second floor and hold for a further 3 seconds, then to the third floor for 3 seconds. Release and repeat several times a day.

Relaxing

Learning to relax your pelvic floor is very important too, so aim to relax the muscles slowly and under control during the exercises (except the speedums). This will help you during the birthing process. Performing these exercises whilst sitting on your birth ball will result in a stronger contraction.

Written by Mark Hibbitts  and Martin Beckley personal fitness coaches specializing in pregnancy & postnatal exercise. Authors of The Birthball Handbook available from www.themiraclebox.co.uk at £9.99 including access to online Pelvic Floor DVD.

 

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Ante and Postnatal running……Is it safe? January 23 2015

Ante and Postnatal running...Is it safe?

Of all athletes and fitness lovers, runners are probably the most dedicated. The thought of taking time off from training is often not an option, so pregnancy offers a dilemma. Can they continue running or not?

Well in most cases the answer is yes. If you are fit, healthy, and used to exercising regularly then there is no reason why you shouldn’t carry on with your normal routine. Old myths that stated ‘the jarring of running could hurt baby’ or ‘running may cause miscarriage or early labour’ have proved unfounded. In fact it is now known that in the absence of contraindications, there are some very good reasons for you to continue. Current research by Dr. James Clapp (2000) states that women who performed 45 minutes of weight bearing, aerobic type exercise on 5 or more days of the week throughout their pregnancy experienced improved well being, reduced constipation, reduced leg cramps and a quicker return to their pre-pregnancy weight than their non-exercising counterparts. There was also a reduced risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension. Added to this, babies of exercising mums have been shown to have less body fat at birth and be less cranky, with a reduction in the instances of colic, and greater neurodevelopment in language and motor skills by the age of 5.

This is all good news for the pregnant runner, but on a more cautious note certain guidelines should always be adhered to. Your body experiences many physiological changes during pregnancy and your goal should be to maintain your fitness level and not increase it. Whilst competition can be motivating and challenging, serious racing will be off the cards for a while, and without question you must be prepared to reduce your distances. Your desire to run will most probably decrease as you become heavier and things become more difficult. During the second trimester, it is normal for most women to cut back the length of their runs by 30-40% and by the third trimester by up to 75%.

Maintaining good posture is essential as your shifting centre of gravity will make falling or stumbling a whole lot easier than usual, and the hormone relaxin that softens your tendons and ligaments to aid the birthing process, makes your joints more susceptible to injury. Because of this it is also necessary to be very careful when stretching, so only stretch through your normal range of movement and avoid any developmental stretching. Always remember that it’s the aerobic effect of exercise that is beneficial to you in pregnancy, so avoid interval training or sprints that may take you into an anaerobic state. Dehydration has been known to cause early labour, so keep well hydrated at all times and listen to the feedback from your body. During pregnancy there is no room for a ‘no pain no gain’ mentality and if you feel yourself hurting, getting exhausted, or overheating, you must stop straight away. If running does become too uncomfortable, then do look for another means of aerobic exercise such as walking, or possibly a stationary bike or elliptical trainer. Dr. Clapps research has shown that women who stopped exercising late in their pregnancy quickly lost all the benefits they had gained up until then.

Although ‘I’m eating for two’ is a great excuse for you to eat whatever you like during pregnancy, the recommendation is only for an extra 200-300 calories a day after the first trimester. That’s something like 2 slices of toast and a banana… ……per day. Women who run need more than the recommendation as exercise burns calories, although no studies have focused on exact requirements. The best thing is to listen to your body and don’t let yourself get hungry. Try and choose from nutritionally beneficial foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, poultry and fish, and wholegrain bread, pasta, and brown rice. Whenever possible avoid refined, processed foods that are full of additives, and have little or no nutritional value.

Other things you’ll need to consider may be some new kit. A good sports/maternity bra will be essential for comfort as your breasts will be expanding along with your bump. Your feet are likely to grow too, so some new running shoes may be in order later in your pregnancy. And finally, when planning your route, it’s always a great idea to know where the toilets are!

Running after the birth

Back in the 1980’s, Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen won her first race less than two months after the birth of her first child, and much more recently Paula Radcliffe made headline news when admitting to starting training less than two weeks after an arduous 27 hour labour. Elite athletes such as these will always make the news, but stories such as this can be misleading and possibly even dangerous. The relaxin hormone mentioned earlier can stay in your body for several months and possibly as long as you are breastfeeding. This will not only have an effect on your joints, but also on your pelvic floor muscles, already weak from pregnancy and birth. Pounding the pavement too early after childbirth could result in stress incontinence or even prolapse, and this may need surgery to put right. In short, your fitness level at the time of the birth will determine how early you should start running afterwards. My advice would be to spend a minimum of a month enjoying your new baby and exercising your pelvic floor and other core muscles regularly before venturing out onto the open road. It will be pleasing to know however, that many women find their race results after baby substantially better than before!

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Mark Hibbitts is a personal fitness coach specialising in pre and postnatal fitness. He is also founder and director of Newborn Fitness and a full member of the UK’s guild of pregnancy and postnatal exercise teachers. It is important that you consult your doctor/midwife before starting a pregnancy or postnatal exercise program. To read the contra-indications to exercise during pregnancy, the ACOG guidelines

Visit http://www.themiraclebox.co.uk/for more information

 


Is this Peanuts? January 08 2015

This is not just a gimmick, this is an unbelievable idea! Peanut Shaped Ball, perfect for helping all mums to be during pregnancy?

The Miracle Box Anti-Burst Peanut Ball, a Birth Ball but with a Twist

Tested by mums, midwives and doulas before launching...

 

What is a peanut Birth Ball?

Birth Balls are commonly rounded, varying in size depending on the height of the mother-to-be ranging from 55cm to 75cm, and have many benefits to mums during pregnancy, labour and post pregnancy. However, a peanut ball, is what it says, peanut shaped, and comes very much into its own during labour especially if an epidural is performed!

So, why use a peanut ball in labour? The peanut ball gives a more controlled, multi-directional movement; with this increased stability it provides greater confidence while aiding support in the squatting position/straddling the ball, therefore giving more balance to the mother-to-be. The ball sits comfortably between the mother's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's positions with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent. The ball has been found to be most effective to help prop open a woman's legs when she cannot use upright positions due to an epidural. The ball provides a soft, comfortable, squeezable aid during the labour process. The peanut ball has been found to be at its best when used on women who receive epidural injections to alleviate pain during pregnancy as typically a mother-to-be cannot use other proven birthing methods such as squatting or using an typical round birth ball, whereas the peanut ball due its smaller size and shape fills this gap perfectly.

What size do I require?

(*from women who have used the peanut ball) *Studies have shown that the ideal size is 50cm (approx. 19" high) typically  smaller than a round birth ball. The peanut ball can be used in conjunction with  a traditional birth ball as both have their place during pregnancy and labour.

Who uses the peanut birth ball?

The peanut birth ball has been widely adopted in the USA, by hospitals, doulas and midwives. This is now starting to be adopted in Europe as an effective aid  during labour especially if an epideural has been used. Initially pioneered by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in the USA, clinically proven results have been outstanding. (Please see below)

How do you use the peanut ball?

There are several different positions in which you can use the peanut ball. It is also incredible useful to help support your back and neck whilst in bed, as well as being able to lean over the ball etc.

Side laying Squat Position:

When you are tired and exhausted and need to rest and lay down or you have had an epidural and  you are either not allowed or able to stand, the peanut ball can be used to simulate optimal labour positions while in a resting posture, by opening the pelvis and allowing the baby room to descend and open the cervix.

Laying Squat Position:

This position simulates a squat whilst laying down bringing your knees up and                   opening the hips into a squat. (similar to using stirrups), but much better and more comfortable!

Laying Lunge Position:

The laying down lunge can be used to open the pelvis, stretch the cervix, and help rotate baby in one direction or the other depending on which way you lay and need the baby to move.

More positions and how to use the peanut birth ball effectively included with our Ball.

 

Some of the Benefits of Using a Peanut Birth Ball

1. Studies** prove that the Peanut Ball lowered C-Section rates. The C-Section rate for the group of women who used the peanut ball was 13% less than for the group that did not use the peanut ball.

2. Studies** show that ladies in labour who used the peanut ball decreased the first stage of labour by nearly 90 minutes and the second stage by 23 minutes compared with a controlled group that did not use the peanut ball.

3. The Peanut Ball can be placed between the mother to be's legs in a way to open the pelvis so dramatically as to allow the baby to get into his or her best position to be born.

4. Studies** show that the use of the Peanut Ball during labour for patients with an epidural significantly reduced the length of labour.

5. The peanut birth ball gives a more controlled, multidirectional movement, therefore giving more balance to the mother.

6. The peanut ball is commonly used by women who receive an epidural. The ball sits comfortably between the patient's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's position with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent.

7. The ball helps increase the pelvic diameter and in turn, allows more room for the foetus to descend.

Notes:

**The use of peanut balls was pioneered at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and has been rolled out to other Banner facilities throughout the USA. The Banner Good Samaritan trial included 200 pregnant women who were carrying a term baby and who had an epidural. Studies are also being conducted in Europe, and the peanut ball is starting to be widely used by Doulas, Midwives and Hospitals.

For further information please visit: Banner Health


A Super Clip for a Super Mum December 11 2014

Simple, Effective and Does the Job! That's what mums want! (taken from a recent survey)

What you need is our Super Clip, the perfect accessory for all buggies and strollers.

  • Perfect for Buggies and Strollers.
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  • Perfect for hanging bags and shopping.

Feel safe in the knowledge that your personal items are safe and secure with our Buggy Clips

Tested by real mums before launching...

The Miracle Bag Super Clip is the perfect way to hang  accessories, light shopping or your baby changing bag. Made from lightweight alloy to fit all buggies, prams and strollers makes this the perfect accessory for any mum or dad on the go. Add or remove items simply and quickly with one hand without having to remove the clip from your buggy.

Colour: Black

Features:

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The Perfect Gift for a Newborn Baby December 05 2014

 

Imagine a personalised piece of art, that is unique, personal and exclusive, depicting the babies name in a Graffiti Style. The perfect gift for a Newborn baby!

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, friend or relative, this stunning individual piece of art, emphasises the babies name in a Graffiti Style. The Canvas is Beautifully Hand Sprayed with your Babies Name as a Gift for that Special Day. Each Premium Quality Canvas is 100% Pure Stretched Cotton Measuring 30 x 60 cm x 4cm. We only use Premium MTN Montana Spray Paint and Graffiti Pens.

Each Canvas is personalised, with your chosen background colour, weight, time baby was born, length and a personal message. These are one off pieces of art, signed by an up and coming British Artist.

We are limited to the number of canvasses that can be sold, as each is hand sprayed and individual. So get yours today!

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Dark Evenings? Needs some Buggy Lights? November 20 2014

Concerned you can't be seen at night?

Improve your personal safety and visibility at night, with these bright LED lights. Tested on a range of buggies and strollers, we have included three lights within our pack. Two Red Lights and One White Light, perfect for night time safety.

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Great Xmas Present Ideas!! November 11 2014

Looking for some great Christmas Present Ideas?

 

The Miracle Box has many wonderful packaged presents for your loved one. Take a look below from baby changing bags through to innovative high quality buggy accessories.

Baby Changing Wallet: Available in Red or Black:

Secure Buggy Clips: The perfect buggy accessory for any mum or dad on the go

Maternity TENS: Drug free pain relief during labour.

Deluxe Buggy Lock: If you have a prized pram, maybe you need to secure it!

 

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Why you should continue exercising when Pregnant! October 10 2014

The Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy

It's true that exercise during pregnancy has tremendous benefits for the mum to be. Dr James Clapp, probably the most well known and respected researcher in the field of pre and post natal fitness, states that women who perform activity for 45 minute sessions at least 5 times per week will get the most benefit from exercise during pregnancy

The benefits for mum can include:

  1.  Less risk of gestational diabetes
  2. Less risk of pregnancy induced hypertension
  3. Fewer obstetric interventions (forceps, venteuse)
  4. Reduction in active labour time
  5. Possible reduction in c-section deliveries
  6. Increased maternal wellbeing
  7. A quicker return to pre-pregnancy figure
  8. More pre & postnatal bladder control
  9. Reduction in leg cramps, back pain, etc.
  10. Less bone density loss during lactation

As if that's not enough, it’s great for baby too!

The benefits for baby can include:

  1. Less body fat at birth (which can possibly extend into later life)
  2. Infants can be less cranky, with reduced colic
  3. Greater neuro-developmental scores in oral language and motor skill at age 5

So you can see for yourself how exercise can have a very positive effect on your pregnancy. However there are several contra-indications to pregnancy exercise so it's very important that you consult with your doctor or midwife before commencing any type of pregnancy exercise program.

Ref: Nordahl Petersen Jeffreys, Fit to Deliver 2005

 

At The Miracle Box we have a complete exercise and birthing ball package. Packed full of information on using a birth ball during pregnancy, help with Optimal Foetal Positioning through to exercise advice and images on Safe and Effective Pregnancy Exercises, Post Natal and Advanced Exercise Routines

 

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The Miracle Bag and The Miracle Box in the USA in Now Fully Open for Business October 08 2014

 

The Miracle Bag USA is Now Open for Business!!!

 

Some time ago we mentioned that we have a new distributor in the USA, well they are now fully stocked and open for business!

If you live in the USA and would like to purchase one of our great maternity products then click here:


Childrens Backpacks with a Difference October 01 2014

Light the way with these amazing LED backpacks for boys and girls!

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CroydeB LED Flashing Backpacks with patented LED light technology, perfect for fun and to be seen at night.

Each bag comes with grab handle, soft rubber zips, reflective strips, soft padded shoulder straps and two zip compartments. Plus metal rings to add our activity key charms to personalise each bag!

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  3. Soft Rubber Zip Pulls.
  4. 100hr of Light Usage (2xWatch Battery).
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  8. Rear Pocket to attach bag to Wheeled Case.
  9. Personalise with Key charms.
  10. Material: 600D Nylon, Strong and Tough.
  11. Removable Battery Pack
  12. 360 degree viewing angle
  13. LED colour: RED; Effects: Fast,Slow,Always ON

  • Dimensions: W:27cm H:38cm D:10cm
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    The Miracle Box Complete Birth Ball Package gets even better! September 16 2014

    The Miracle Box Complete Birth Ball Package gets even better!

    Why Is this?

    We have loaded so much information online, that is simple and easy to download to any device (phone, tablet or PC) to help you during your pregnancy and labour.

    Not only do you get a class leading birth ball and pump (anti-burst, non-slip surface ball) you also get information on:

    Optimal Foetal Positioning

      1. Late Pregnancy Postures.
      2. Getting your baby into the best positions for birth.
      3. Exercises to help move your baby.
      4. Helpful positioning tips during labour with your birth ball.

    Information Sheets on Birth & Labour Positions using a Birth Ball

    Series of helpful photographs and descriptions to help you during the labour and birth of your baby

    PLUS the DVD is now online for you to access and view anytime. This DVD has been divided up into 4 sections:

    1. Introduction
    2. Light Core Exercises
    3. Pelvic Floor Exercises
    4. and, Self Checking for Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation)

    PLUS our fabulous high quality exercise wall charts for safe and effective pregnancy, post natal and advanced toning and stretching exercises. Designed by pre and post natal exercise specialists will also be online very soon

    For more information visit www.themiraclebox.co.uk

     

     


    Parent Buggy Organiser - A Top 10 Stroller Accessory July 04 2014

     

    Looking for a Great Buggy/Stroller Accessory? Then, this just maybe it! Perfect for all mums and dads. Voted a top 10 accessory by mums, maybe this is just for you...

    The New Miracle Bag Parent Buggy Organiser was voted a top 10 Buggy Accessory by our parents and is a wonderful accessory for travel when out and about. This really clever parent organiser is designed to keeps all essential items within a quick and easy reach and easily attaches to most Strollers - Prams - and Buggy's

     

     

    The special slope shaped design helps maintain a drinks bottle in the upright position, the thermal insulated bottle pocket keeps drinks and food  hot or cold. There are pockets for Mobile Phones , Money/Change, Small Toys Etc.

     

     

    Features:

    1. A Good Sized Bottle Holder, Insulated Compartment
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    3. Unique design fits Horizontal & Level On All Types Of Stroller Handles!.
    4. Hard Wearing & Fully Safety Tested. 
    5. High Quality Fabric with Velcro with is heavy duty to fit all Handles!
    6. A Truly Universal Fit On All Strollers Buggies & Prams With Its Fantastic Fitting Design.
    7. The Miracle Bag Baby Buggy Organiser Is Completely Collapsible. Leave It Attached To Your Buggy When Folding Or Remove It And Pack Away!
    8. A Must Have Asset For Busy Parents On The Go. Helps Busy Parents Expand Pushchair Storage, Quickly And Easily Super High Quality.
    9. Many compartments for lunch boxes, clothes etc.

     

    For more information visit www.themiraclebox.co.uk. Prices at £19.00


    Pelvic Floor Exercises, are they essential? June 27 2014

    Don't ignore your pelvic floor muscles! You may not be able to see them, or you are not entirely sure where they are, however your pelvic floor is one of the most important muscles in your body and rarely get the attention they deserve. This set of muscles at the base of your pelvis that supports your uterus, bladder and bowel - effectively keeps them all in place. These sling-like muscles also have a big role to play during sex - a weakened pelvic floor can affect your ability to have an orgasm.

    "Doctors recommend pelvic floor exercises as the preferred primary treatment for stress incontinence with 70% - 80% cure or improvement rates reported" Royal College of Physicians, 1995

    Your pelvic floor goes through a tremendous amount of strain during pregnancy, especially with the added weight of your growing baby applying further pressure making it harder and harder for the muscles to do there job. The muscles can then become stretched and weak because of the continual weight. Childbirth then compounds this and, unfortunately, can do some damage - with nearly a third of women developing some level of stress incontinence after they have given birth. 4 out of every 10 women suffer from these problems. Many worry, few talk about it, and lots quietly suffer, not knowing how to solve their embarrassment. Don't be one of the statistics! of Stress Incontinence

    It is very important that you do your Pelvic Floor Exercises. This will then help give your pelvic floor muscles a fighting chance of being able to do their job after the stresses and strains of pregnancy and labour. 

    When should I start doing pelvic floor exercises?

    Start Now! Every woman, pregnant or not, can benefit from exercising their pelvic floor muscles. Keeping your pelvic floor fit and healthy like any other muscle can help you have a satisfying sex life and can ward off problems in the future such as:

    1. 'Accidents' when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise?
    2. Embarrassing situations in social environments?
    3. Intimacy?

    It can also help you when giving birth as strong pelvic muscles can help you during the second stage of labour when you need to push your baby out. They can also help you heal if you experience a perineal tear during birth.  

    What are pelvic floor exercises?

    Simple, have you done pilates and yoga, if so, you are probably familiar with your pelvic floor muscles. If not, they are the muscles you use when you try not to urinate, so when you next have a wee try and stop mid-flow and there you have it - your pelvic floor muscles in action! 

    How often should I exercise my pelvic floor?

    Pelvic floor exercises can be done anytime, anywhere without anyone noticing, try to do them as often as you can. Don't overdo it and make sure you know how to relax the muscles as well as tighten them as this can help during the second stage of labour where relaxing the muscles around your vagina may help you to avoid damaging your perineum.

    Every woman should aim to make pelvic floor exercises a regular activity to maintain a healthy and fully functioning pelvic area. 

    What will happen if I don't exercise my pelvic floor muscles?

    Possible problems can be stress incontinence, reduced sensitivity during sex,  uterine and vaginal prolapse etc.

    At The Miracle Box we have a two great products to help with Pelvic Floor Exercises. The Miracle Box Complete Birth Ball Package and The Miracle Box for Women - DVD to help discover the easy way to locate, isolate and exercise your pelvic floor and core muscles, putting you back in control and at less risk of prolapse, stress incontinence, sexual problems and other unpleasant symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.


    Opening Soon The Miracle Bag USA June 12 2014

    The Miracle Bag USA

     

    Opening soon The Miracle Bag USA...on the 16th June 2014. How very exciting. The complete miracle box and miracle bag range of products will be available to purchase throughout the USA!

    Find out a little about the owners

     

    Stacey - Founder and Owner

    A little about me...

    I am an active individual and work as a quality engineer in the automotive industry as well as being a certified fitness instructor teaching classes in the evenings at two fitness centers. I am a parent to two very active children (boy and a girl: Gavin & Kennedy). I also enjoy golf, family activities, exercising, soccer, American Football, and being in the outdoors. I have even jumped out of an airplane on purpose (skydiving).

    My business Partner Matt and also my husband is a program manager for a global energy company he also enjoys golf, hiking, NFL (American Football), and anything that is fun and adventurous, he also has two boys Brandon and Matthew.

    We also run and manage The Miracle Bag USA which is the exclusive distributor for the miracle bag and the miracle box range of lifestyle parenting products for both moms and dads. The miracle box is a successful UK family business, dedicated to developing and bringing to market unique, high quality maternity products for moms and dads.

    We trust that you love and enjoy our products.

    Stacey and Matt


    Great New Lifestyle Parenting Products in!!! May 07 2014

    The Miracle Box Brand just keeps growing! More new products have arrived this week in the UK. What a collection of amazing baby products! They have some really great products for mum and dads to help make their life that little bit easier.

    New Baby Changing Wallet in Red, perfect for mums and dads on the go!! Only £19.99 from the miracle box

     

    They also have matching thermal bottle holders in black and red! Keeps items such as bottles or food hot or cold for up to 4 hours. WOW!

    Also New in is the Super Buggy Clip. The perfect accessory for any buggy or mummy. Only £5.99

     

    Also to add to the Buggy Collection of accessoriess, which helps create additional space is our Saddle Bag for only £9.99 or two for £14.99

     

    For all these great products plus more visit themiraclebox : They have a great collection of lifestyle parenting products.

    www.themiraclebox.co.uk

     

     


    Need a little space on your stroller/buggy? April 18 2014

    Been shopping recently? But have you been shopping with a toddler and a stroller/pushchair?

    If you have answered yes! Then you will know that space to carry everything is essential.

    You will probably find that once the small carry basket at the bottom of your pushchair is full the only place you have to hang shopping on is the handles which often is not functional but necessary. Most pushchairs have a long bar instead of small handles which means there is no room for a lot of shopping.

    There are solutions, including buggy hooks and secure buggy clips, which are great, however hanging too many bags on the handles or the hooks whilst pushing a pushchair/buggy (can make the buggy topple backwards!) also carrying items to the checkout whilst steering the buggy can become very tricky!

    At themiraclebox we have come up with a solution that overcomes these problems for mums and dads and makes shopping a breeze, the buggy saddle bag!

    The perfect accessory for any buggy, stroller or pushchair. Made from strong mesh with easy access opening and simple to use strong Velcro straps. The clear mesh design makes it easy to find your items quickly and easily. The side position provides more balance and control to your buggy plus it also stops your shopping from hitting your legs!

    Features

    1. Makes your Buggy/Stroller more stable.
    2. Provides easy reach storage on your buggy.
    3. Mesh structure enables you to identify items quickly.
    4. Extra strong Velcro for easy fitting.
    5. Can be fitted on either side of the buggy/stroller.
    6. Side position enables a clear walking area.

    Just perfect! :-)


    Duct tape wallets or is it DUCK Tape wallets? April 10 2014

    Fun, Totally Unique, Handmade, Yes, Duct Tape Wallets...

    From this:

    To this:

     

    Some facts about duct tape or is it duck tape??

    This durable cloth-backed tape first appeared during World War II, when Johnson & Johnson developed an olive drab version for American soldiers to waterproof their ammunition boxes. According to history the soldiers dubbed the product “duck tape” because it forced moisture to roll off “like water off a duck’s back.”

    Troops realized that the tape was good for more than just keeping their ammunition dry, it was then used to repair jeeps, fix damaged items etc. After the war, it caught on as an easy and effective way to seal, among other things, heating ducts. Johnson & Johnson even began offering a silver version of the tape specifically for this purpose, thus giving rise to “duct tape.”

    Did you know, that even NASA used duct tape on the Apollo 13 mission to help fix a problem or two.

    Well we don't need to be that sophisticated, we have simple put a great product to great use, with our range of CroydeB duct tape wallets. This range has been so successful we shall be launching its own dedicated website: www.ducttapewallets.co.uk with loads of new designs and styles.

    In the meantime you can purchase from themiraclebox here

     

    So, whether it be duct or duck tape, here are a few others names to confuse matters:

     

    Gaff Tape (also Gaffer’s Tape): This special grade of duct tape (often coloured black) was developed by the entertainment industry to hold lighting equipment and cables in place and has a dull finish so that it won’t reflect lights. Gaff Tape also has a specially formulated, less tacky adhesive that won’t leave a residue when it is removed.

    Spike Tape: The thin rolls (1/2 inch wide) of many colors used in theatres to stick on the stage so actors can find their mark or stagehands know where to set the scenery. It is usually the matte finish gaff tape type.

    Rock and Roll Tape: Whether they can afford gaff tape or just good old black duct tape, underappreciated rock and roll roadies keep the music industry alive thanks to their love of the America’s favorite adhesive.

    100 MPH Tape: A name recognizable, no doubt, to U.S. Army Veterans.

    200 MPH TAPE: Pit crews across the nation’s auto-racing circuit know that duct tape holds even when you’re going over 200 M.P.H. The nickname was so common, “Duck” brand duct tape manufacturer Manco has even trademarked it!

    1,000 M.P.H. tape: The U.S. Navy uses duct tape to repair radomes. A Radome is the dome that fits over a radar antenna. On an airplane, that's usually the nose cone. It has to be transparent to the radar waves. (Any repairs must be radar-transparent, too on fighter aircraft.) Since the planes fly so darn fast, they call it “thousand mile an hour” tape.

    Missile Tape: The Aerospace industry, according to a Martin Marietta worker, used a green duct tape that they secured and routed wiring and cables on test missiles. They called this green duct tape "missile tape".

    1,000 Mile tape: Norman Vaughn, arctic explorer for whom Antarctica’s Mount Vaughn was named, puts it on his dog sled runners to prevent ice build-up and says it lasts 1,000 miles. He is also the one who recommends sleeping with the tape to keep the adhesive pliable in cold climates.

    Canoeists’ Companion: Very few canoeists would be caught without a roll of duct tape. Why? Hit a rock, rip open the hull, you’re done canoeing unless you have duct tape along! Wisconsin Pewter on a Roll: Any Packer fan will tell you what’s really keeping that cheese on their heads: duct tape.

    Minnesota (or, insert your own rust-inducing state here)

    Chrome: In the land of lakes, snow, road salt, and rusty cars, they use duct tape a lot more often than they visit the auto body shop.

    Hikers’ Helper: Along with a good sleeping bag, a Swiss Army knife, and dry matches, duct tape makes sure outdoors enthusiasts are prepared for anything.

    Jesus Tape: In Finland and Sweden, they refer to duct tape as “Jesus Tape.” They also refer to it as Gaffer's tape (or "roudarin teippi" in Finnish).

     


    7 Great and Essential Buggy Accessories March 17 2014

    Looking for some great accessories for your buggy, stroller or pushchair?

    Then we have some great buggy accessories that will make your life easier so that you can enjoy the more pleasurable things in life like having coffee with your friends :-)

    So here we go, 7 Great Buggy Accessories:

    1. Super Hook, simple to clip onto your buggy, but carries all your items securely.
    2. Buggy Lights, be seen at night with these great buggy lights, simple to attach to any stroller.
    3. Secure Buggy Lock, don't let thieves steal your expensive buggy!
    4. Buggy Hooks, perfect for light shopping and holding your changing bag.
    5. Secure Buggy Clips, need a little extra security, you certainly have it with these great clips.
    6. Buggy Parent Organiser, every parents perfect present, get organised!
    7. Travel Changing Wallet, simple, lightweight and perfect for baby in tight confined changing rooms, especially in coffee shops.

    We also have coming soon: Thermal Bottle Pockets, simply clip to your buggy and away you go, plus saddle bags, for that little extra storage, when needed.

     

    Article brought to you by themiraclebox.co.uk


    Why resistance bands are such a great exercise aid March 04 2014

    What are resistance bands?

    Resistance bands or often known as Exercise bands are made from strong, thin rubber and come in a variety of resistances depending on your fitness level. Typically they come in Easy, Medium and Hard (this being for the more experienced exerciser) With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise  from a chest press through to squats all without the need for heavy weights.

    If you have never tried resistance bands, or you’re new to them, you may be surprised at how versatile they really are, plus the many benefits that you can achieve from what is essentially a reinforced rubber band.

    So, what are the benefits of resistance bands?

    Firstly, cost. Resistance bands are a very inexpensive piece of exercise equipment. Prices typically ranging from £5 upwards per band. This is incredible considering you can perform a complete body workout with these!

    Secondly, they are prefect for all levels of exercise expertise. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, resistance bands are for you. They come in a variety of resistances, including easy, medium and strong. It is very easy to increase the resistance further by adding multiple bands, plus you can adjust the intensity of your resistance band workouts by giving the band more or less slack.

    Thirdly, exercise bands can be used to achieve a full body workout! Utilising all the muscle groups.

    Fourthly, keep it simple, exercise bands can be used from the simplest bicep curl, through to squats, chest press, triceps extensions, the exercises are endless, all from a simple band.

    Other benefits include:

    1. They are portable, take them with you anywhere. Use in Hotel, at the Gym at Home, in the office.
    2. Space, they take up no space at all. When you have finished with them, put them in the draw.
    3. Use on your own, with heavy weights you should use an exercise spotter/partner not needed with resistance bands , these can be used safely on your own.
    4. They are perfect for:
      1. Toning, Sculpting and Conditioning.
      2. Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Exercise.
      3. Yoga, Pilates and Strength Training.
      4. Pregnancy and Post Natal Exercise

    What a great piece of exercise equipment, all for under £10.

    If you would like to know more find out at the miracle box or click here

     

     

     


    The Miracle Bag CITY range of baby changing bags, is it a miracle? February 25 2014

    Are you looking for a baby changing bag? not sure what to go for, what type, style, colour etc.? So many choices!!

    Well don't take our word for it, here is a real user of the miracle bag, city range of baby changing bag with here story.

     

    I have tested products from the miracle box before, we are an official Miracle Products Blogger and we ran review and giveaway last year for their fab CroydeB rucksack, which is still used now on a  daily basis and still in great condition. We have now got their fab City Changing Bag for review, the city bag has had a bit of a revamp and some fab new features.

    The City bag comes with a bright spotted interior fabric, a matching spotted changing mat and lovely plastic wipes holder/messy bag. It also has a deep thermal bottle holder and a shoulder strap, the bag itself has 2 handles so you can carry it that way to. The bag has 2 really big internal compartments, these in turn have internal pockets so the bag is really handy for storing all your little bots and pieces in. There is 2 elasticated netted pockets as well as a zip pocket. The outer of the bag has 2 pockets on the front, 1 on the back and 2 side pockets 1 of which is insulated. The bag is made from 100% cotton and them laminated to make it hard wearing and easy to clean which when you have children is a must!! The bottom of the bag also have 4 chrome studded feet which means it wont get scuffed on the bottom when you place it down.

    Now with my youngest child being 3 and almost out of nappies your probably wondering what use I have for a changing bag! But as you know Skye who is 5 and has autism and limited communication is till in nappies. Obviously due to her age they are not regular sized nappies and almost double the size of a standard nappy. This makes carrying them about difficult as there not so big, coupled with the fact we need spare clothes, wipes, drinks and a few of her items shes loving at the moment!

    The City Bag easily accommodates all her things she needs and there is still lots and lots of room left in case we needed to add anything else!
    The first 2 pictures above are from this weekend when I used to City Bag as an overnight bag. I was lucky enough to be whisked off to a hotel for the night for a meal and drinks with my hubby and the City bag was perfect. I managed to fit in a change of clothes, night wear, toiletries, make up, hair brush and even my straighteners! As you can see the bag is still practically empty as its such a good size so it would make an ideal weekend bag!
    The second 2 pictures are from this morning when Skye was going on a day trip with her school, normally she doesn't have to take supplies on a day to day basis as it is all at school. In her bag today I had to include 4 of her nappies, wipes, juice supply, medications, school book and medical file for emergencies. There was bags of room left, I could have fitted her wellingtons, but school supplied them today and a change of clothes.
    I'm really impressed with the size f the bag and how much space there is it is perfect for Skye's specialist nappies, it would be perfect for real nappy users to. The one thing I did wonder when I saw the size of the bag was would it look huge on the back of the pushchair?

    The first picture is of the bag of the bag of a Cosatto Supa stroller and its fits great, its not too big and its still really easy to push with the bag hanging on the back. The second picture is the bag hung of the back of Skye's Maclaren Major Buggy, the width of this buggy as its a specialist pushchair is wider than a standard pushchair and the bag fits nicely around the handle.
    Overall I think the City bag is a great long term piece of kit for any parent, it retails at £49.99 and it available in black polka dot and red polka dot. The price I think is great for a bag that will last for ages and has multi purpose use. 
    Miracle Products don't just do changing bags they do a host of items from pre birth all the way to toddler, you can see the whole range on the Miracle Products Website, Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
     

    Bumpbands what are they? Essential item or Not? February 19 2014

    Essentially a bump band can come in all types of material often with different names (belly band, bumpband, maternity support band etc.) colours my vary and they range in price from £3 to £20. So why the price difference? and why the different names?

    The same old saying comes to mind, you get what you pay for! Ask yourself this question? What do you want the band to do for you?

    1. Use for Breastfeeding?
    2. Support your bump?
    3. Fashion?
    4. Help relieve back pain?
    5. Is your skin sensitive?

    Depending on your answer, this will determine what to invest in. If it just for fashion purposes, then perhaps a simple fashion band would work for you. However, if you are looking for something more, then look for a product that is made from Bamboo? or with upward lift properties, so that it will support your bump? or perhaps 120% stretch capability?

    A good quality support band will help with the following:

    1. Support your growing bump.
    2. Help relieve late pregnancy back pain.
    3. Allow you to continue to wear your own clothes as the support band can be worn over/under jeans etc.
    4. Can be used post pregnancy to cover your tummy whilst breastfeeding.
    5. Hypo-Allergenic material.
    6. If made from Bamboo this actually pulls sweat away from the skin allowing it to naturally evaporate keeping you fresh and cool.
    7. Lift and supports for your growing bump due to its unique upward stretch in the fabric.
    8. At least 120% stretch in the fabric

    We offer the original bumpband which has won many awards and has been recommended by thousands of mums. to find out more click here

     

    BumpBand recommended by:

     

    Written by the miracle box, this is a personal perspective.

    http://www.themiraclebox.co.uk/

     

     

     

     


    Using a Peanut Birth Ball during labour February 12 2014

    What is a peanut Birth Ball?

    Birth Balls are commonly rounded, varying in size depending on the height of the mother-to-be ranging from 55cm to 75cm, and have many benefits to mums during pregnancy, labour and post pregnancy. However, a peanut ball, is what it says, peanut shaped, and comes very much into its own during labour especially if an epidural is performed!

    So, why use a peanut ball in labour? The peanut ball gives a more controlled, multi-directional movement; with this increased stability it provides greater confidence while aiding support in the squatting position/straddling the ball, therefore giving more balance to the mother-to-be. The ball sits comfortably between the mother's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's positions with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent. The ball has been found to be most effective to help prop open a woman's legs when she cannot use upright positions due to an epidural. The ball provides a soft, comfortable, squeezable aid during the labour process. The peanut ball has been found to be at its best when used on women who receive epidural injections to alleviate pain during pregnancy as typically a mother-to-be cannot use other proven birthing methods such as squatting or using an typical round birth ball, whereas the peanut ball due its smaller size and shape fills this gap perfectly.

    What size do I require?

    (*from women who have used the peanut ball) *Studies have shown that the ideal size is 50cm (approx. 19" high) typically  smaller than a round birth ball. The peanut ball can be used in conjunction with  a traditional birth ball as both have their place during pregnancy and labour.

    Who uses the peanut birth ball?

    The peanut birth ball has been widely adopted in the USA, by hospitals, doulas and midwives. This is now starting to be adopted in Europe as an effective aid during labour especially if an epideural has been used. Initially pioneered by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in the USA, clinically proven results have been outstanding. (Please see below)

    How do you use the peanut ball?

    There are several different positions in which you can use the peanut ball. It is also incredible useful to help support your back and neck whilst in bed, as well as being able to lean over the ball etc.

    Side laying Squat Position:

    When you are tired and exhausted and need to rest and lay down or you have had an epidural and  you are either not allowed or able to stand, the peanut ball can be used to simulate optimal labour positions while in a resting posture, by opening the pelvis and allowing the baby room to descend and open the cervix.

    Laying Squat Position:

    This position simulates a squat whilst laying down bringing your knees up and opening the hips into a squat. (similar to using stirrups), but much better and more comfortable!

    Laying Lunge Position:

    The laying down lunge can be used to open the pelvis, stretch the cervix, and help rotate baby in one direction or the other depending on which way you lay and need the baby to move.

    NB: More positions and how to use the peanut birth ball effectively during labour are included with our Ball Package.

     

    Some of the Benefits of Using a Peanut Birth Ball

    1. Studies** prove that the Peanut Ball lowered C-Section rates. The C-Section rate for the group of women who used the peanut ball was 13% less than for the group that did not use the peanut ball.

    2. Studies** show that ladies in labour who used the peanut ball decreased the first stage of labour by nearly 90 minutes and the second stage by 23 minutes compared with a controlled group that did not use the peanut ball.

    3. The Peanut Ball can be placed between the mother to be's legs in a way to open the pelvis so dramatically as to allow the baby to get into his or her best position to be born.

    4. Studies** show that the use of the Peanut Ball during labour for patients with an epidural significantly reduced the length of labour.

    5. The peanut birth ball gives a more controlled, multidirectional movement, therefore giving more balance to the mother.

    6. The peanut ball is commonly used by women who receive an epidural. The ball sits comfortably between the patient's legs, aiding support and helping to open the pelvis. Varying the mother's position with the ball encourages foetal rotation and descent.

    7. The ball helps increase the pelvic diameter and in turn, allows more room for the foetus to descend.

    Notes:

    **The use of peanut balls was pioneered at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and has been rolled out to other Banner facilities throughout the USA. The Banner Good Samaritan trial included 200 pregnant women who were carrying a term baby and who had an epidural. Studies are also being conducted in Europe, and the peanut ball is starting to be widely used by Doulas, Midwives and Hospitals.

    For further information please visit: Banner Health

     

    The Miracle Box Peanut birth ball starts from £24.00 for ball only or £29.00 with a dual action pump!