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Why Support The Use Of A CUB?

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While it is true that many mothers need nothing more than their own inner resources to give birth, others also want or need additional external factors to facilitate safe natural birth and improve their experience of  childbirth. In many countries ante natal classes, hypnobirthing courses, yoga groups, doulas and aquanatal classes are popular with women who are actively engaged in maximising their chance of a natural birth. They are in effect investing in their birth by being well prepared and in control; and attending or using one of these is often recommended as part of preparing for childbirth.

The CUB is another tool that mothers can invest in which can promote personal responsibility by putting the mother at the centre of her choices. It is designed around the principle of supporting physiological, natural birth and as a tool that may prevent complications due to the common use of the supine, hospital bed, space restricting maternal positions that are so common.

All mothers should have access to skilled, compassionate and supportive care as well as easy access to emergency facilities or specialists if required. However adding to the resources that can increase comfort, confidence and opportunity for less emergency intervention during childbirth can only be immensely beneficial for mothers, their babies and families.

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When Should The CUB NOT Be Used?

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Women who have serious medical complications affecting their labor and birth including (but not exclusively) the following:

HELLP, Pre-eclampsia, Heavy PV bleeding, Placenta Previa, previous surgery to or 3rd/ 4th degree trauma to the perineum or women having pre-term labor. It is for individual mothers and their care providers to decide if the use of the CUB is appropriate or safe for their unique circumstances. The CUB should not be used in a birth pool.

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When Can The CUB Be Used?

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The Cub can be used by any woman who is planning a natural birth and who has decided that the CUB is something she would like try. There are of course some situations that would impact on the risks and safety of the mother and baby that need to be considered and we have mentioned some of them in the next question (see below). However it is important to remember that what comfort measure or aid a woman chooses to bring with her or use during labor is her choice as long as it poses no obvious risks to others. The CUB can be used at home births, birth center or maternity unit births much the same as a birth, Pezzi or peanut ball.

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What Are The Benefits Of Using The CUB?

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The CUB has many positive physical as well as psychological benefits. It supports the natural physiology of childbirth while decreasing the risks of many common complications that arise from sub optimal maternal position during birth. The CUB has a wide, flat base that provides comfort and stability for the woman while maintaining optimal positions for natural birth.

The CUB also allows the mother to remain relaxed and comfortable while in an optimal position for birth allowing her natural coping mechanisms, endorphins and flow of oxytocin to work. Please read the section on ‘What does the research say’. References can also be found here.

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Is The CUB Safe To Use?

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The CUB user weight maximum is 120kgs and it is made of PVC which can outperform many other materials in flexibility, strength, tear resistance and abrasion resistance. The CUB has a two inflation chamber safety system: so even if one chamber deflates the other will continue to safely support the woman. It complies with BS/EN14960 which is the required standard for the manufacture and testing of inflatables and is a class 1 CE mark registered medical device.

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Is The CUB Difficult To Use?

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The CUB is very user friendly and requires no additional specialist knowledge or training-it is simply inflated and used by the mother to either sit on or lean over. The CUB is lightweight, portable and can be easily cleaned with any household spray cleaner or hospital approved surface cleaner, it does not need to be sterilized. The perineum and any PV loss can be easily visualised if necessary..

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