When I first heard about a “birth ball” it was 1995 and I was attending my DONA birth doula training. I couldn’t wait to see what it was and I imagined all kinds of contraptions so when my doula trainers showed me the “birth ball” I was both disappointed and excited. Excited because, as a licensed massage therapist I already had several “physio balls” (which is what I knew it to be called) and disappointed that there wasn’t something a lot more special about it.
Well, it didn’t take me long to learn that this simple tool could be considered the swiss army knife of pregnancy/baby paraphernalia to expectant and new parents.
Pregnant women soon discover that the birth ball is often the most comfortable seat they can find.
See what I mean?
Now don’t think this ball is just for sitting… there are many more ways we use the birth ball in pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. I am not kidding when I say it really can become the go-to tool for expectant and laboring moms (ask any doula), and lest you think I was kidding about the swiss army knife analogy…
I always tell dads… since you can’t lactate… you better get yourself a birth ball! Babies love to be bounced and a birth ball makes the bouncing easy. So, dads, the next time you find yourself needing some assitance soothing your baby, try out the birth ball…if you are like the dads I hear from, this will be the “tool” you can’t imagine being without.