balancing, sitting, bouncing, stretching, and resting on it. My hospital has a birth ball for me to use, so I've been looking up ways to utilize during birth. I love it! Seriously, I love the way my back has been feeling.
Anyway, I was talking to my mother and she told me one of her birth stories. I don't remember if it was during my sister's birth or for mine, but anyway, she said she was at the park playing with the kids (which is totally like my mom) and riding a hippity hop. Do you guys remember those things? I loved mine! She wasn't aware that she was in labor. She had an inkling something was going on, but disregarded it and continued playing. All that bouncing around on the ball helped to open her hips and with the descent of the baby.
Here I am years later, bouncing on my own ball, channeling my mom's laboring adventures. I think it is a pretty great connection.