How to Use a Sitting Comfort Position in Labor
Sitting in labor is generally uncomfortable for moms in labor. However, sitting on a birth ball is usually more comfortable because it contours to her body. Sitting on the birth ball also allows her to take the pressure off of her legs and feet for a while.
Sitting on the birth ball helps the mother to relax by allowing her to rock slowly which provides great movement for the baby as well. Sitting on the birth ball is an excellent comfort measure in labor.
8 Steps to Use a Sitting Comfort Position in Labor (Using a Birth Ball)
1. Inflate the ball 80% to 95% of its capacity.
When you sit on the ball, your buttocks should be in ailment with your hips and knees. You shouldn’t be sitting too low or too high.
2. Have your partner stand behind the ball while you sit.
This will ensure it doesn’t roll from underneath you.
3. Place your hands on your upper thighs and slowly lower your bottom onto the birth ball.
4. After sitting, spread your legs out a little to help you balance on the ball.
Once you feel comfortable, you can adjust your feet to whatever width feels most comfortable.
5. Relax into the ball.
If you’d like to try some movement, slowly rock yourself back and forth or side to side. Either of these movements will help encourage the baby to move deeper into the pelvis. If movement doesn’t feel good to you, sitting is just fine.
6. You can stay on the birth ball as long as you feel comfortable.
When you are ready to get off, have your partner stand behind you and steady the ball.
7. Place your hands on your upper thighs and slowly lift yourself off of the ball.
8. Roll the ball out of your way so that you don’t trip over it.
Tips and Warnings
- The ball can also be used for leaning on.
- The ball can be used in the shower to sit on while using hot water on the back.
- Make sure you have a partner to steady the birth ball so that it doesn’t roll from underneath you.
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