Peanut Balls for Clarksville Births

$520 of $400 goal

Raised by 23 people in 25 months
In an effort to improve labor options for women giving birth in hospitals in Clarksville, TN, the Clarksville Birth Professionals and Community would like to raise funds to purchase a Peanut Ball Starter Kit, two Round Birth Balls, and two ball pumps and donate to a local hospital's labor and delivery unit*.   

Peanut shaped exercise balls are a useful tool to support women during labor, especially with an epidural. They enable women to adopt positions while reclining in bed that encourage fetal rotation and descent and thereby reduce the risk of cesarean. They may also be used by women during unmedicated birth for various laboring positions. Round exercise balls, or Birth balls, are useful for sitting on during labor, leaning over while on hands and knees, support while standing, etc.

*The intended recipient of this kit is Gateway, but if it becomes clear that the kit will not be positively received and utilized, it will be donated to a different facility instead, potentially NorthCrest or Baptist Health.

Preview the kit here:
Peanut Ball starter kit

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The nurses at Tennova sent a heart-warming Thank You card. Although it's addressed to me, the thanks extends to each of you who donated!
Lovely thank you card :)
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I know it's late, but I wanted to get this out today.
Fellow doula Sherly Lopez and I met with Sandy Smith and Amy White (Director and Manager, respectively) to formally present the donated kit to the Women's and Children's Services department at Gateway / Tennova Healthcare - Clarksville.
I expected it to be a simple handover, but we were brought back to the Labor & Delivery nurses’ station, where the nurses gathered around to see our big red basket of colorful goodies. Within minutes, they were inflating the balls and even toting them off down the hallway to use with their actively laboring patients. I couldn’t have hoped for a better reception.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this possible. If you'd like to read the long story leading up to this day, visit my blog at expectingnewlife.com/peanut-balls-clarksville.
Presenting the kit to the Gateway nurses
6 balls, 4 pumps, 6 picture cards & more
All six balls inflated and ready to use
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I'll have a special update to share tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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Mail call! Isn't this a lovely bundle of boxes? I'll post another picture when I've unpacked everything so you can see the goodies.
There are peanuts in those packages, but not the edible kind
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$520 of $400 goal

Raised by 23 people in 25 months
Created February 2, 2016
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NB
$150
Nashville BirthNetwork
23 months ago (Offline Donation)
SB
$10
Staci Bishop
23 months ago

Love the wonderful work that Heidi is doing and I'm happy to support her. Keep it up!

MA
$50
Meg Adams
23 months ago

Having a peanut ball during my labor made a huge difference. And anything that will help future mothers have a easier delivery should be available. I am,happy that I am able to contribute to such a wonderful kit to be donated.

EA
$25
Erica Arroyo
23 months ago (Offline Donation)
SL
$10
Sherly Lopez
23 months ago (Offline Donation)

Womb Sprout Birth Services

NP
$25
Nicholr Phillips
23 months ago
1
1

Considering I got to use a peanut ball for my long labor. I'd love to contribute for someone else, or even myself in the future!

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