80% of women experience tearing during labour and first-time mums are at higher risk of severe perineal tears according to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Is there a prevention?
Childbirth is primarily about a woman, and her intuition & readiness for a childbirth.
Unfortunately, this does not come naturally to all due to barriers of modern lifestyles that prevent women from being fully connected to their body, following their intuition and trusting their body and pelvic floor.
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Aniball is a proprioceptive aid that helps women get to know their own bodies and learn to follow their intuition. Users gain control of their pelvic floor and learn how to breath effectively, which simultaneously builds their confidence in time for delivery.
- Designed for prenatal preparation, prevention of perineal injuries and urinary incontinence.
- As part of the antenatal preparation, the woman becomes familiar with the feeling of pressure (similar to feelings during delivery), learns how to work with it & practices conscious relaxation.
- Exercise can result in alleviation in the 2nd labour stage and injury risk reduction or the need of episiotomy.
- Medical records confirm that women that used Aniball know how to naturally navigate through birth. They behave intuitively, they instinctively choose the best birthing position and calmly ‘breathe’ the baby into the world without injury.
- Aniball is safe, does not cause vaginal dilation and reduces episiotomy risk by 60% (British Journal of Midwifery, February 2023, Vol 31, No 2).
- The aim of the training is NOT to mechanically dilate the birth canal. The size achieved during training is irrelevant.
- Aniball should also be used regularly from six weeks afterbirthto contribute to the restoration of pelvic floor function and the prevention of incontinencein future.
- Start from the end of 36th week of pregnancy
- Exercise for 15-30 minutes a day
- Practicing encourages conscious relaxation of the pelvic floor with breathing - without forceful pushing
- Prompts exploration of suitable birth positions while experiencing pressure
- Promotes intuition and spontaneous expulsion
- Contributes to physical and mental readiness and confidence for childbirth
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Practicing conscious relaxation of the pelvic floor, working with the breath and the opportunity to ‘train’ for the feeling of pressure increased my self-confidence. I knew I did my best and that's what it's all about!
Bc. Anna Fančovičová
I cannot thank you enough! First time mum using Aniball and I had no stitches, had the shortest second stage possible and to top it all off my baby came out direct OP. So really should have needed some stitching or intervention to help her out and thanks to Aniball I needed nothing all! I cannot recommend it highly enough and think every woman should be using Aniball. Thank you so much!
Mum & Midwife, UK
Aniball is so practical. It helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and prepares the perineum for childbirth. It is also a fantastic psychological boost, helping mums to perceive and be aware of feelings during the labour. My feedback is based on my own experience with my clients.
What does the latest Aniball clinical research reveal to the medical community?
The cohort study ‘Investigating antenatal pelvic floor training using a vaginal balloon device in Czech women’ conducted by Fousek et al., published in the British Journal of Midwifery, (February 2023, Vol 31, No 2). The study shows that antenatal pelvic floor training with the Aniball device from 36 weeks of gestation in women delivering at term reduces the incidence of episiotomies (cases: 34% vs controls: 59%; P=0.007)and the total number of birth injuries (80 vs. 97%, P = 0,005).
Other incidental findings:
More frequent exercise does not lead to a further reduction in the number of birth injuries.
The most common maximum circumference was 25 cm - confirming that it is not desirable to inflate the balloon more. The aim is to reduce psychological stress and experience pressure that is allowing the woman to comfortably perform the exercises.
Exercising women reported no reduction in quality of life. Comparing the prevalence of urinary and anal incontinence and sexual dysfunction after childbirth between the two groups: non-exercising women reported stress incontinence (p = 0.066) and impaired quality of sexual life (p = 0.14).
Moreover, the analysis of the causes of women's withdrawal after childbirth revealed a non-significant reduction in the number of vaginal extraction operations in practicing women (6.8 vs. 17.3%, p = 0.0895)
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