For my first three deliveries, I hadn’t used any special techniques or natural methods to encourage labor. I walked into Triage, was told I wasn’t dilated far enough (usually after having strong contractions for 3 straight days) and then admitted only to be hooked up to Pitocin and induced.
For this last delivery, Pitocin did play a role, but what was even more interesting was using a Peanut Ball for the first time.
My nurse at Mary Birth was PHENOMINAL. I absolutely loved this girl – which is important, because the birthing momma needs to feel safe in her environment for things to progress. When I wasn’t dilating, even with the Pitocin, she pulled out a Peanut Ball and suggested I use it. Well, I wasn’t getting anywhere with just the medicine, so why the heck not?
After less than two hours with the Peanut Ball, and a small Pitocin increase, I ended up dilating from 5cm to 9cm (OMG).
Now, I’ve had Pitocin before (and at these volumes), but with the Peanut Ball I had just a few short, but mighty contractions and was ready to push. My husband was eating lunch at the time and had to race back up to the room – he almost missed the delivery!
Well ladies and gents, I’ve purchased two of these guys in different sizes (smaller one pictured here), for my own Doula practice and am currently scouting for covers. I definitely won’t be without one of these for my own future deliveries (if any) and will be providing as much information on these babies to my clients as possible. I wish I’d had them for my first three deliveries!
Have you tried a Peanut Ball, or even a Birthing Ball, during one of your deliveries? If so, how did it work out for you? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Click HERE for the Amazon.com listing where I purchased mine, if you’re needing some for your Doula kit, or next delivery. If you don’t want to purchase one, you can always call your hospital and see if they had any on hand like mine did. ❤
Brightest Blessings, -Cory Gunn, CCH