In this video, we learn how to practice for labor with birthing balls.
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When you get tired of standing, this is a lovely way to sit and it’s also pretty upright. It’s really versatile. So, again, this is a position that will encourage the progress of your labor and you can also use it as a sitting position and you’re going to find yourself moving on the ball in a very natural way. You can roll your hips around. You can lean forward on to something but this might be really helpful as a position to use during or in between your contraptions and labor, also quite gravity effective. Okay. All right so let’s move on to another position. If you’d like to just come off your ball and roll it back to the back for room. Kneeling really upright like this is also almost like standing but you’re standing on your knees. And you need to make absolutely sure when you’re in labor then and when you practice that you’re kneeling on something soft. You either need some cushions or something like a sport mat or yoga mat. What we’re using here is two yoga mats together which is fine. Just soft enough, firm enough to protect your knees. So, try a little bit of circling in this position. So this again would help to progress your labor and in between contractions, you could rest forward onto something. So what you need to do is look around your home and see which sort of which furniture you might use and what you might put on the floor. So, you begin to get yourself ready for active birth and active labor. What you’re doing now is learning with your body which is wonderful. You won’t remember much as it goes in your head. But doing this kind of thing at home regularly is going to help you to be in touch with your instincts. These are movements that are insticture to women in labor. They’re not positions you need to remember. They come naturally. They come instinctively especially if your body has got used to them in pregnancy. So that’s the way we work. And then try taking one leg up. So let’s take the right leg up. And just try a simple sort of lunging movement because sometimes, it’s nice to do this kind of thing. And I’m sure this will come naturally to you at that time but lower extremity let’s just look at the possibilities. And all these are quite gravity effective. Okay? Change onto the other leg. So we’re easing in tort and just moving and breathing. Let’s breathe as well. So we’re breathing into the nose and out through the mouth and imagine yourself in a warm and private environment where it’s calm and peaceful. And you can get on with your labor without any distractions. And your body can produce all the hormones that help you progress your labor. Okay, fantastic. Now let’s try going a little lower down. So if we come now to kneeling on force. Okay. And move freely in any way you like. You can s wing your hips from side to side. You can roll them in a big circle and I’d like you to let go of your head and go into your breathing. So you’re breathing into through the nose and out through the mouth. And this kind of posit ion in labor is less gravity effective than really upright. So it’s a good position to use when you’re in very strong labor when you have really powerful contractions. This will help to. It won’t stop the labor but it will help to calm them down to give you a feeling of control when the labor begins to get very, very strong because your baby is now more horizontal and the pressure on the cervix is less. So that’s why it will help you to control very fast contractions in labor. Some people use this position all the way through and I usually recommend that you keep this for stronger labor if you can because that’s the time when you’ll really need it. Okay, brilliant. Some on up slowly and sit back on your heels. And you can rest in that position over a ball, over a pile of bean bags, over the end of the bed. And it’s also a position that’s quite easy to do on a bed if you have to. I mean it’s best to be on the floor but if you have to be on the bed, you don’t have to lie down in the bed. You can tr