Sunday, October 12, 2008

Birth Stools

Ok, ok, I know that I'm a neglectful blogger. I really do promise to have more interesting, fun and insightful posts in the near future! Including one all about the maternity system in Peru. Ahem...

Starting up a practice is hard work, though! I'm spending most of my days writing client handouts. Oh, and shopping for supplies....which isn't really hard work at all, but quiet fun. I'm having a hard time deciding which birth stool to purchase. I want one that doesn't inhibit the sacrum, which is harder to find than you'd think. Here are the ones I fancy so far:

Wooden birth stool
DeBy birth stool
and if money were no factor,
the Birth Mate stool

I need to decide soon. I've personally given birth on the wooden version, and I like it well enough. But, I'm intrigued by the DeBy. I've heard both positive and negative feedback from mothers who've birthed on it.

11 comments :

mommymichael said...

The DeBy birth stool is similar to the one I birthed my second on.

very comfy if you ask me. not only that but you can catch the baby from all angles...

Michelle said...

Decisions, decisions!

I have been looking at various ones online and I change my mind each time as to which one I like best. I did see where a midwife posted some pics online about how to use the DeBy as a midwife's vacuum extractor- very intriguing.

Have fun deciding!

nataly said...

the wooden one is the most aesthetically pleasing. is that the one i used? it worked out ok. :)

Abundant B'earth said...

would love to hear more about Peru as I am heading to a clinical internship in Cusco very soon. irony strikes me that Cusco means "navel", yet the modern birth customs include immediate cord clamping, pit & traction. It's akin to cultural amnesia; they have completely forgotten why their forbearers held the umbilicus as sacred! How many hemostats can I accidentally drop???

Radical Midwife said...

A nice, long post on Peru is coming soon! Maybe I'll get to it this weekend.

Erin said...

Shopping for supplies is fun!!! The birth center here has two birth chairs that someone made but they neither is designed very well. I wish someone would make a good birth stool that doesn't cost so much.

Sarah Stewart said...

I have had women who had had nasty anterior tears using birth stools so I tend to encourage women into other positions like kneeling. Is that a general trend or just peculiar to me?

Karinda said...

So hard to know until you birth personally on one. As it's hard to see any of those and envision something so comfortable that you plan on sitting down and watching your evening sitcoms on it.

Joy Johnston said...

G'day!
I haven't used birth stools for years now. The idea of the birth stool seems to be linked to closely managed second stage, with the midwife pondering the perineum and directing the pushing.
Like Sarah, I think kneeling is often preferable to sitting, and many women like waterbirth so no other support needed (and it's likely that noone sees the birth). I encourage the mother to guide her baby's birth by keeping her hand on the head as it emerges, so that her pushing is appropriate to the baby's movement. Occasionally a couple of good pushes sitting on the toilet gets the baby moving in the right direction.
I am at http://villagemidwife.blogspot.com/ Joy Johnston

Emily said...

I have birthed on both, and liked the wooden one much better - those handles were really important!

Ola said...

Which wooden one has handles? I've also read that it's better to have a birth stool which is at an upward angle by 15 degrees. I'm trying to decide which one to buy as well...