Labor Tools: Knobby Ball
What it is:
A knobby ball is a ball that has many knobs or "rubber spikes" on it for acupressure or stimulation during occupational therapy exercises.
How it works:
Knobby balls provide a different sensation for massage than is possible with hands. The balls can also be used to provide acupressure stimulation during counter pressure.
How to do it:
Roll the ball around the mother's lower back, or any part of her body where she would like to be massaged. Push on the ball for a more intense pressure massage.
Integrating it into labor?
Have the mother lean against a wall; place the ball at her lower back where she would like pressure. Let the mother move to provide the amount and type of pressure she would like.
Have the mother get in a hands and knees position. Use the knobby ball to provide pressure on her lower back.
Roll the ball up and down the mother's lower back.