I'm from over on the Nov. 2011 board and had a question about birth balls. I'm a FTM and hoping to have a natural labor. In my childbirth education class, the nurse showed positions on the birth ball that would help during the labor process.
So, I went to Wal-Mart and bought a regular exercise ball, so I could begin practicing the positions. When DH opened the box we immediately noticed a strong odor, which I assumed is normal because the ball is rubber. However, then we read a warning note within the box that stated within the state of CA the chemical on the ball was known for causing cancer and birth/reproductive defects We don't live in CA, but still...
This freaked me out, so I packed it back up and plan to return it. However, I still want to use a birth ball, but a safe one! Can anyone recommend a safe alternative?
Sorry so long and TIA!