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Firm yet cushioned, birthing balls enable freedom of movement while simulating the squatting position, thus encouraging the baby to move further down into the pelvis. Exercise balls, as birthing balls, can also be used to support the upper body while on your hands and knees, which is often the best position to help rotate the baby from a persistent posterior position. Moreover, the ability to bounce up and down, and simply rearrange her body, on an exercise ball, can give a woman in labor a greater sense of control and comfort.