What is a Peanut Ball?

As birth Doulas, we are always concerned with keeping our clients comfortable while they labor, which means we are constantly keeping up with new trends and innovations in labor comfort.

When someone suggests a peanut ball for labor, it might sound like some sort of delicious, salty, snack but we assure you it’s nothing of the sort.

A Peanut Ball works in a similar way as an exercise ball does for getting your hips in an optimal position for the baby to move down.

The Peanut Ball is shaped to uniquely fit between your legs as you lay down. You won’t have to worry about the ball escaping on you, because it is actually shaped like a peanut.

Most often a peanut ball is used for mothers who have an epidural and are therefore restricted to the bed. However, it can be equally beneficial for a mother who has been very active during labor and needs to take a rest, but still wants to keep her pelvis open.

Although this is a relatively new concept, the Peanut Ball is being researched in hospitals for its potential to reduce C-Section rates, and help women deliver their babies safer and faster. 

In a recent clinical study, the women using the Peanut Ball reduced their pushing phase by an average of 23 minutes. In addition, the group who used the Peanut Ball had a 13% less cesarean rate than those mothers who did not use one.

Any birth tool that is comfortable for a mother to use, safe for the baby and can speed up the delivery process is certainly something worth trying.  

Most Birth Centers and a growing number of hospitals are now stocking Peanut Balls at their birthing facilities. If you would prefer to purchase your own, they are relatively inexpensive and can be found online at Premier Birth Tools. You can even customize your little peanut with custom washable covers.

At Doulas of Austin, we are willing and able to help you utilize any birth tools you desire on your big day.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information presented in this blog and/or Doulas of Austin materials and website is never intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of a properly licensed healthcare professional.