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Managing Active Labor

During active labor, mothers find that changing their activity and position as desired helps them to remain comfortable. This may be due to two factors. First, it prevents over stressing one or two muscle groups by varying the way you hold your body. Secondly, it allows you to respond to changes in the way your …

Labor Tools: Water

What it is: Water can be incorporated into labor through a shower or a bath. Some women even enjoy labor pools. How it works: In the shower, the warmth and pressure of the sprays of water help to relieve tension in the muscles, encouraging deeper relaxation. A bath or tub goes one step further. When …

Labor Tools: TENS

What it is: TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS has been successful used by physical therapists when treating chronic pain, and is now used during labor. How it works: A TENS unit will generate electrical impulses that are used to reduce pain. Four flexible pads are attached to the skin of your back, …

Labor Tools: Tennis Ball

What it is: A tennis ball is a soft small ball used in the game of tennis. Because of its size and gentle flexibility, a tennis ball makes a useful massage tool during labor. If no tennis ball is available, you can substitute any small, soft flexible ball. You could also use a ball with …

Labor Tools: Squat Bar

What it is: A squat bar is an attachment for a labor bed that provides support for the mother while she pushes in a squatting position. How it works: The bar can be attached to the bed during the pushing stage. The mother would sit on the bed like a chair, during contractions she can …

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 dry rice, rice socks are now available commercially in a variety of fabrics …

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 provides a moving pressure massage that can help ease discomfort of a back …

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. If you do not own a rebozo, you can substitute a large scarf, …

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 may enjoy music with familiar lyrics they can focus on or sing with …