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The Birthing Ball
05.28.2013 [New Moms & Dads]

Birthing BallThere are many benefits to using a birthing ball. A birth ball is a large exercise ball, often used for physical therapy, which many women use during pregnancy, labor and post-partum.

During Pregnancy – The ball can be used to help strengthen your body for pregnancy and birth.  Gentle exercises that strengthen and promote flexibility, particularly in your core muscles, will help support the baby, take pressure off your back and help to carry the baby more comfortably.

In early pregnancy- plank, then advanced plank – Lie on the birth ball, stomach on the ball, with feet on the ground. Lean forward until your hands touch the ground and walk your hands forward until the ball in on your thighs. Tighten stomach muscles. Once this is comfortable, try the advanced plank… walk hands forward until the ball is at your shins and keep your shoulders aligned with your hands.

As pregnancy progresses you will want to increase flexibility in your hips and make room for baby. Sit on the birth ball, rocking side to side then forwards and backwards, then spiraling – making big circles on the ball in one direction then in the opposite direction.

During labor – The ball allows more movement, which eases pain and opens the pelvis, and helps to dilate and efface your cervix, while bringing baby down upon the cervix.

Sit on ball, rocking back and forth, side to side and spiraling in both directions. This is a great way to promote comfort, open the pelvis and help baby move down into the pelvis. While sitting on the ball you can rest your head on the bed, or in your partners lap between contractions.

Lean over the ball with your upper body while kneeling on the floor and rock, and sway. This position helps improve ‘back labor’ pains.

During the postpartum period – Sitting on the birth ball while gently bouncing and holding baby, will help to calm and sooth baby with movements like in a rocking chair, all while strengthening your core and helping to tone muscles after birth.

Most hospitals and birth centers have birth balls for you to use during labor, but many women choose to purchase their own for use during pregnancy and the post-partum period.

When buying a birth ball, your height will determine the size of the ball you need. If you are 5’9” or tall get the 75cm ball, if you are 5’8” or shorter get the 65cm ball, if you are 5’4” or shorter, you can inflate the 65cm ball to only 60cm. The balls are made to take your weight, no matter your size but you don’t want to over inflate your birth ball.

Waldemere Tower First Floor Improvements Continue
05.23.2013 | Campus Improvements

SMH continues to make improvements to the first floor of the Waldemere Tower.  The new satellite Patient Information/Registration Desk by the A Elevator opened several months ago.  “Sara,” the virtual greeter/wayfinder, was recently moved and is now more conveniently located near the Information Desk.  Prep work has begun for the construction of the new non-denominational […]

Award Winners Play Key Role in Cancer Treatment, Research and Education
05.22.2013 | SMH Extra

Congratulations to 2013 Stephen H. Goldman, M.D. Keystone Award Recipients
James Fiorica, MD,
of Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group, and Marie Borsellino, RN BSN OCN CBPN-C, breast health navigator for SMH. The Keystone Award is the highest honor given by the Center for Building Hope and recognizes medical professionals and lay people who have shown extraordinary service […]

Protecting Baby From the Summer Sun
05.17.2013 | New Moms & Dads

Keeping baby safe from the sun is crucial, as they quickly can suffer short and long term effect of sunburn. Sunburn causes pain, dehydration, and fever.  Just one sunburn raises the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Baby should be kept completely out of the sun until 6 months of age. […]

Scholarships support future leaders in health care
05.16.2013 | SMH Extra

Sarasota Memorial’s Auxiliary is helping to develop the next generation of physicians, nurses and clinicians! The hospital’s volunteer organization recently awarded college scholarships to four outstanding local high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. Each student will receive $10,000 over four years. Named after former Sarasota Memorial CEO G. Duncan Finlay, MD, the […]

Do you have questions about hereditary cancer? We can help
05.14.2013 | SMH Extra

News of Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of cancer may have you wondering whether you should get tested, too. Approximately 5-10 percent of all cancers are hereditary. Individuals are born with an altered gene passed from generation to generation that places them at increased risk of hereditary cancer. Blood […]

An EPIC Experience
05.13.2013 | Campus Improvements

Recently Sarasota Memorial staff celebrated the official opening and dedication of EPIC Park, located on the west side of the beautiful new Courtyard Tower.  As seen in the photos, the celebration included comments by hospital leaders, the unveiling of the EPIC Park donor sculpture, delicious cake and a Zumba demonstration!  The annual EPIC (Employee Partners In […]

A Natural Hospital Birth – The Best of Both Worlds
05.10.2013 | New Moms & Dads

This is a topic close to my heart…. As labor nurse and a mom who had 3 natural deliveries in a hospital, I get it!  (My 4th baby was an induction with an epidural, and I love him just as much as I love the others, and that birthing experience was just as beautiful and […]

Nurses’ Week a time to honor excellence!
05.08.2013 | Uncategorized

Sarasota Memorial is celebrating Nurses’ Week, paying tribute to the expertise and achievements of the health system’s more than 1,200 Magnet nurses. One of the highlights of our weeklong celebration is the naming of the 2013 Nurses and Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Techs of Excellence. Nominated and selected by their peers, these exceptional caregivers set a high […]

Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock!
05.02.2013 | New Moms & Dads

As my son and I drove home tonight at 5:30pm, we couldn’t help but notice how warm it was out already. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we wore long sleeves and now we have the air conditioning running full blast. As the sweltering summer weather quickly approaches we should remind ourselves […]