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Peanut Birth Ball (60 cm)



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.

Price: $68.95

Pumps for Therapy Balls
The fast dual-action, economical pump comes with all attachments to inflate the birth ball.

Comes with 2 attachments- cone-shaped attachment for inflatables & a needle attachment for inflating/deflating therapy balls that require a needle pump.

Using this pump will make it easy to pump up the therapy ball quickly.

Price: $14.95

Rain Dance


Rain Dance is by Philip El Cano. He originally composed Rain Dance ( a double length cassette- 90 minutes) for use by his wife during the labor and birth of their child.
Price: $11.98

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The Changer and the Changed


The Changer and the Changed is the tape that Polly Perez often uses to close many presentations. Cris Williamson's songs are comfortable ballads with a folk edginess. The songs feel easy and warm and the lyrics are clear. The cut Polly uses on the album is called Sisters. We got so many requests for it that we started stocking it for you. It is vintage women's music from the 70's.
Price: $9.98

The Music of Gary Lamb


Much of The Music of Gary Lamb is set to a tempo of 60 beats/minute, a resting heart rate. Love Themes; By the Light of the Moon.
Price: $10.98

The Nurturing Touch at Birth: Labor Support Handbook - Third Edition by Paulina Perez


NEW Third Edition! Revised and Enlarged! New chapter on the use of the rebozo in perinatal care that includes 37 photos.

This book is for anyone who needs to help a laboring woman (dad, friends, nurses, midwives, doulas, montrices and childbirth educators). With this book you have "one-stop shopping" for the knowledge and skills you can use to provide support throughout the entire birthing process.

This valuable book covers the unique art form of emotionally and physically assisting the laboring mother. Labor support is the human part of what we do in the birth room and the heart of this book centers around the supportive care given to the laboring mother and details the labor support techniques useful when caring for the laboring woman.

The topics include let's talk about pain, trusting relationships, the value of education, communications skills and tools, relaxation, affirmation, visualization, touch and massage, aromatherapy, music therapy, visualization,breathing techniques, focusing, rituals, therapeutic use of water, reflexology, acupressure, reflexology, maternal positioning, and other strategies and techniques like the birth ball, lunge, dangle, towel pull, pelvic circles and the use of the rebozo in perinatal care.

Perez says that often society has difficulty accepting that something intensely painful or demanding like birth might also encompass a feeling of empowerment. "Empowerment begins with connecting with the patient or staff member as a person and building rapport with them. Empowering them is one of the best ways that we can show them that we care – an essential ingredient is the health care system. A good nurse, midwife, or doula practices her craft with pride and care that is developed by understanding her patients’ needs and wants. Empowerment is close to our concept of mastery and locus of control. Being empowered emphasizes our feeling of having control over our own destiny. "

Always remember that you are the backbone of our maternity care system and your wisdom and strong, yet gentle support will help change the portrait of birth that each mother paints for herself to include strokes of confidence, courage, power, strength, and dignity. Seize the opportunity to use the information in this book to educate yourself about new ways to care for laboring women. Adapt this material to the needs of each laboring woman you work with.

What others are saying about this new 3rd edition:

From a perinatal nurse- “It is a must-have book for anyone providing support for laboring women.” • From a doula trainer– “I recommend this book as a text for my doula workshops. “ • From a L&D nurse- “She addresses the realities hospital birth challenges present to us. “ • NEW chapter by Guadalupe Trueba on the use of the REBOZO that includes 37 photos. • From a doula– “I love the new chapter on the practical use of the rebozo.”

Nancy Travis, a director of a busy busy obstetrical unit in Southwest Florida says the following "I recommend this book to all of my new nursing staff to assist them with the development of their hands-on labor support skills. From aromatherapy, birth balls and communication skills, to positioning and rebozos use this book has it all!

Price: $16.95

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CEP will be at these events, come by and say Hi:

* April 14, 2012
   Advanced Doula

    Keene, NH

* July 19-22, 2012
   CAPPA National

   Kansas City, MO  

* - Polly will be speaking at these events.

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What's new this month...

Groundbreaking NEW Book on MotherBaby Bond  - The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the MotherBaby Bond by Laurel Wilson & Tracy Peters  A pregnancy that focuses on the very important MotherBaby bond that exists before and after pregnancy! - $19.95

NEW Hot Soxs! - Hot Soxs Super soft microfiber material and now available in colors both solid and prints - $12.95

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NEW bold colors and patterns of rebozos available Rebozos Our beautiful Mexican rebozos are hand woven with macrame fringe and come in bold colors and patterns. $38.00

NEW LABOR SUPPORT  FOR L & D NURSES POWER POINT Labor Support Strategies for L & D Nurses by Paulina (Polly) Perez CD ROM The goal of this set of Power Point slides is to provide education, training and support for labor and delivery nurses, midwives & doulas to increase labor support skill.  $199.95

NEW DVD for Doulas & CBE'S Creating Comfort & Confidence in Childbirth DVD by iBirth Watch as the laboring woman and her doula guide you through 26 of the most comfortable positions of labor.  $29.99

NEW NURTURING TOUCH DVD - Nurturing Touch for Birth  This unique DVD features four labors and births (two at home and two in the hospital) demonstration the use of supportive touch. $40.00

TWO NEW CHAPTERS in 3RD EDITION  of The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia - 3rd Edition by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta  Available in 2 weeks.  Features new to this edition include two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques. $44.99

REMARKABLE BOOKLET - The Belly Mapping Booklet includes valuable information on fetal positioning with easy-to-follow tips to give the baby a chance at the best position to make labor easier and shorter.  $14.95

NEW - Childbirth Class Teaching Points Power Point Presentation CD ROM These slides, illustrated with pictures, contains teaching points to add new dimensions to childbirth classes, nursing and midwifery continuing education sessions, and doula classes. 260 slides.  $250.00

NEW CBE LEARNING STATION CARDS Childbirth Class Learning Station Cards  $18.99

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