What’s better than one birth ball? Two! This contraption is called a peanut ball and is essentially two birth balls fused together. And yes, it looks like a peanut, as the name suggests. Hospitals use these for women who need to lay down or be in bed during labor (epidural, high blood pressure, etc). The peanut ball helps keep the pelvis open to keep labor progressing. Studies show that women who have epidural anesthesia benefit tremendously from a peanut ball with labors that are up to 2 hours shorter! The peanut ball also seems to encourage spontaneous vaginal births because c-section and vacuum/forceps deliveries were also lower in the study.