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Labor Tools: Rice Sock

What it is: A rice sock is en enclosed piece of fabric filled with dry rice that can be placed in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and will provide heat for about half an hour. Traditionally made from a tube sock and

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Labor Tools: Rolling Pin

What it is: A rolling pin is a tool that is used by cooks to flatten dough. In labor it can be used to provide pressure massage for the mother. How it works: When rolled along the mother’s back, the rolling pin

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Labor Tools: Rebozo

What it is: The rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl that is long enough to wrap around a woman’s body (about 4-5 feet). The rebozo is a multifunction tool for labor, used to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation.

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Labor Tools: Music

What it is: Music for labor is not a specific song, or style of music. It is any music the mother finds helpful for relaxing and laboring. For some women this will be classical or instrumental music with slow tempos. Other women

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Labor Tools: Hot and Cold Packs

What they are: Hot and cold packs are small containers that provide either heat or cold for use in dulling the sensations of pain and discomfort. They come in a variety of styles and shapes. Hospitals generally have chemical hot and cold

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Labor Tools: Frozen Water Bottle

What it is: Fill a plastic disposable beverage bottle (with flat sides) about 3/4 of the way with water. Set this in the freezer at least overnight. How it works: The frozen water bottle provides both pressure for relieving discomfort and cold

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Labor Tools: Birth Stool

What it is: A birth stool is a low stool for the woman to sit on during pushing. While styles vary, all stools have a basic “horse-shoe” or “C” shape. This shape provides support for the woman while she sits, but allows

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Labor Tools: Bean Bag Chair

What it is: A bean bag chair is a large soft ball filled with small beans or cotton. How it works: The filling of the chair allows for flexibility in positioning. How to use it: The chair can be used in place

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Labor Tools: Birth Ball

What it is: The mother uses a large, sturdy ball called a birthing ball for positioning during labor. She may lean over the ball, sit with her legs out towards the sides to help support and stabilize her, or any number of

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Labor Tools: Aromatherapy

What it is: Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to achieve a desired physical or emotional state. Essential oils are derived from plants. How it works: At the most basic level, certain smells make us feel more comfortable and relaxed, while