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How the simple birth ball can help YOU…

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You don’t have to wait until you’re nearing term to break out your birthing ball! Start getting familiar with it right away.

Come join us in class on Tuesday April 3rd at 5:30

Learn about this phenomenal tool.

Maybe…you will go home with a birth ball and pump!

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Here’s what you stand to gain:


Conditioning –
Gentle exercise on the birthing ball can strengthen the abdominal "pushing" muscles, as well as the lower-back muscles that minimize back pain. So starting early with the birthing ball is a plus.
Physical Relief –Kneeling over the ball can ease back strain and encourage the baby to settle into an optimal position. Comfort –During the last few weeks of pregnancy, especially, the birthing ball is often more comfortable than a chair or bed – not to mention, easier to get onto and off of!
Relaxation –The ball can be used for massage and general relaxation as well as for practicing birth positions.

 

Using a birthing ball during labor and delivery
During labor, the birthing ball really comes into its own, providing support and easing discomfort. It may even hasten the delivery.
The ball is easier to get onto and to rise from than a regular chair, couch or the floor – one big plus! And it adapts to your needs, accommodating a variety of sitting, kneeling and squatting positions.

 

Comfort and convenience is only the beginning. Other benefits may include:
Natural rhythm –The birthing ball allows a natural back and forth swaying movement and encourages the relaxation of muscles used during labor. this natural rhythm may reduce pain and stress.
Readjustment –The ball also encourages position changing (rocking the pelvis, shifting weight, etc.) during labor.
Support –By reducing stress on the hands and wrists, the ball can enable you to remain longer in the hands and knees position.
Alignment –Sitting on the birthing ball helps keep the baby properly aligned in the pelvis.
Movement –The ball encourages pelvic mobility.
Assistance –The birthing ball works with gravity to encourage the baby’s descent into the pelvis.
Relaxation –Sitting on warm compresses placed upon the ball eases pelvic floor aching and helps relax the pelvic floor.
Dilation –The birthing ball may speed up dilation and effacement, improving the progress of labor.

 

So….what are you waiting for? Join us!

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