The following advice is provided by our good friends over at The Baby Academy – check out their website for more super advice from trusted healthcare professionals:
A birthing ball is fantastic to have but not essential.. Entirely up to you!
You can bounce on the ball as much as possible. It is great for opening the pelvis and allowing the baby’s head to drop into the birth canal. You will often find it more comfortable than a couch towards the end so you can bounce away while you watch tv!