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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

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Labor Tools: Vocalization

What it is: Vocalization is making noise as a way to manage the stress of labor. How it works: One of the most difficult things about labor is that you need to “get out of the way.” Most things that we naturally

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Labor Tools: Visualization

What it is: Visualization is like seeing a movie being played on a movie screen on the inside of your forehead when you close your eyes. The mother either imagines a scene as she thinks of it, or she imagines a scene

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Labor Tools: Stroking Massage

What it is: Stroking is a massage technique. It is long, smooth movements with a full hand with moderate pressure over large parts of the body. How it works: Stoking helps to remove excess tension from the muscles of the body. By

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Labor Tools: Rhythmic Breathing

What it is: Rhythmic breathing is breathing using a recurring pattern. There are many variations a mother can try. How it works: If the mother has lost her focus or seems overcome by the power of her contractions, rhythmic breathing helps her