Peanut balls are often used by a woman utilizing epidural analgesia.
Teach your audience whether they are doula client, childbirth class attendee, midwives or doula trainer attendees by helping them to learn how to use the peanut ball correctly.
The “swiss peanut” is a inflatable physio-roll and gives more controllable, multidirectional movement. With peanut balls, the movement is limited to two planes.
Forward and backward is the primary plane, with up or down motion added as the subtle but secondary plane. This is why they give more balance to the mother. The saddle shape in the center of the peanut ball tends to cradle and support the mother laterally, thus providing more stability.
The ball is used by women who receive a epidural. The 60 cm peanut-shaped ball fits comfortably between the patients’ legs, opening their pelvis. The ball helps increase pelvic diameter and, in turn, allow more room for the fetus to descend. In a recent research study also included the semi-sitting position with the ball placed between their legs, was changed from side to side at least once every one to two hours
The peanut ball also helps facilitate delivery of babies in the posterior position (baby is looking toward a mother's belly) instead of back toward her spine.
In a recent nursing research study, the ball was used by women who receive a epidural analgesia.Varying the mother's position with the ball encourages fetal rotation and descent.
The peanut-shaped ball fits comfortably between the patients' legs, opening their pelvis.The ball helps increase pelvic diameter and, in turn, allow more room for the fetus to descend. The study included the semi-sitting position with the ball placed between their legs, was changed from side to side at least once every one to two hours.
The use of the PB during labor for patient with an epidural, as compared with standard nursing intervention, did significantly reduce the length of labor, without adverse neonatal outcomes.
Original Peanut Ball Research
Tussey, C. & Botsios, E. (2011). Decrease the length of labor with the use of a labor ball with patients that receive an epidural. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, & Neonatal Nursing, 40(Supplement s1), S105-S106. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01243_25.x
‘Peanut ball’ reducing C-section rate by Ken Alltucker – Sept. 4, 2011 12:00 AM–The Arizona
Loveland’s McKee Medical Center. (October 2, 2013). Using the peanut ball during labor & delivery. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSn_BWjL1nw
Lythgoe, A. (2014). Peanut balls for labor—A valuable tool for promoting progress? Retrieved from http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=8166
Mercy Medical Center- Des Moines and other Banner health facilities. (August 30, 2011). The peanut ball. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmt4lHf-zs
Olson Center for Women’s Health. (September 13, 2012). Midwives demonstrating relaxation techniques for labor. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1daFjsKH1M
Perez, P. (2014). The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook, 3rd Edition. Johnson, VT: Cutting Edge Press.
For more information on the use of peanut balls in perinatal care, please contact Paulina (Polly) Perez, RN at Cutting Edge Press. She has been using peanut balls in her practice for more than 25 years.