Peanut Birth Ball - Helping Mums in Labour and Birth January 30 2015
Mums just love peanut birth ball!
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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.
**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