If you have been reading about birth positions or birth tools, there is a good chance you may have read about using a peanut ball during labor. As a birth ball fan girl, I am here to tell you they are 100% worth the hype that has been created around them. I love utilizing peanut balls during labor when supporting families as a birth doula or midwifery assistant because they help shorten labor, decrease chances of cesarean, and are incredibly helpful for those who choose to use an epidural!
From my experience as an Oklahoma birth doula, I can tell you that most Central Oklahoma hospitals have birth balls for their birthing patients. Although, I am always sure to bring my own tools along with me to hospital births I am supporting. This is because there have been times where the labor and delivery floor was extremely busy and they ran out of birth balls and didn’t have enough for every laboring parent.
Also, sometimes the hopsital may or may not have the correct size ball in supply. If you are a doula, I recommend at least having the different sized and shaped birth balls on hand in case your client needs them. It is always a fantastic idea to have a back up plan.
If you are pregnant, I recommend asking your doula or midwife if they can bring their birth balls along with them to support you. That will save you a little bit of money from having to buy them yourself and your birth team should know how to properly support you with this awesome tool!
If you are a birth worker (doula, midwife, etc) or you are a pregnant parent and would like to have your own peanut balls on hand, I reccomend purchasing your peanut balls from Premier Birth Tools. Premier Birth Tools is a family owned business that sells peanut balls of all different sizes as well as helpful charts and resources. While you could possibly buy a Peanut ball from an online store like Amazon, the Premier peanut balls are rated for labor and birth whereas a peanut ball from Amazon may not be able to withstand the stress from active, intense use during labor. Furthermore, you are supporting a small business but purchasing from Premier! I highly recommend purchasing the birth positional charts that give you visual representations on how to use peanut balls, birth balls, and birth positions to support labor.
Jenni Jenkins – Sekine is an Oklahoma City Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum doula and Child Birth Educator who serves her Central Oklahoma community. She is also a midwifery assistant with Holistic Birthing Services and began her journey as a student midwife with the Midwives College of Utah in 2022.
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