After seeing so many of the women from the video clips yesterday use birthing balls during labor, I decided to buy one. My verdict so far:
This thing isn’t so bad.
No, there’s no backrest, but I can feel Baby moving around like crazy in there. The whole idea is that sitting on this ball is supposed to help open my pelvis and give Baby more room to head south. To avoid an episiotomy and a c-section, I’ll try just about anything. Luckily, I was blessed with a good sense of balance at birth. I can see how this thing could be tricky to sit upright on for a long period of time. I’ve been on it for at least 45 minutes now.
It’s kind of fun to sway around on this ball with so little effort. It beats the heck out of sitting in one place for a long time.