Tuesday, September 06, 2011

"Peanut" ball could help you deliver


Ken Alltucker, Arizona Republic, Sept 4, 2011, says a local hospital chain here—Banner Health—is so convinced that a peanut-shaped pillow eases labor and statistically prevents C-sections that it has ordered a batch.

The nurses at Banner liked the weird exercise tool. After an epidural when a woman cannot “feel” to push as well, the ball between the legs opens the pelvis.

The device also shortened labor—especially the really painful parts. And best of all, it cut C-sections 13% in the ball-using group.

OK—small sample…but hey, you could ask. The things cost about $40.

I ended up with a C-section…and my device was a lot of complaining and wailing.

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