Positioning for Success: Unlocking the Potential of the Peanut Ball

Positioning for Success: Unlocking the Potential of the Peanut Ball
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Positioning for Success: Unlocking the Potential of the Peanut Ball

Comprehensive Peanut Ball Workshop

Presented by Heidi Duncan, Authorized Peanut Ball Trainer


Peanut balls originated in physical therapy settings, but are now widely used as a birth support tool.

How many peanut ball positions do you think there are? Do you know why and when to use them?

New content and expanded format for 2023-2024! Get beyond simple side-lying and "the pretzel" during this workshop. Learn the many uses without an epidural as well as with one. (Yes, it's useful for home birth, too!) Understand how to select the proper size ball for the person and position. And much more!

This is an interactive learning experience with opportunities for return demonstration and skills check-off throughout the event. You'll leave with both physical practice and logical principles to guide your future use of the ball in every situation.

Newest 5-star Google reviews:

I recently attended Heidi's peanut ball workshop in Nashville, and I must say, my initial skepticism was quickly replaced with genuine enthusiasm. Being quite familiar with various peanut ball positions and pelvic biomechanics, I questioned how much more I could gain from the workshop. However, from the moment I stepped in, it became evident that this was a worthwhile investment. Not only did I acquire new insights into the versatile uses of the peanut ball, but the real gem was being in the presence of Heidi and soaking in her wealth of birth wisdom. Learning from someone with her depth of experience was truly priceless. Even if you think you know it all, Heidi's workshop proves there's always more to glean and discover. Highly recommended! -Amanda

Heidi’s Positioning for Success: Unlocking the Potential of the Peanut Ball class was so eye opening! I learned basic positioning in my doula certification that was foundational and has certainly served me well. However, this class totally took it up a notch! The Peanut Ball has a never ending amount of party tricks and knowing how to use it correctly - is the confidence I needed. I feel more than prepared, confident, and excited to take the information I learned into future birth settings and help my clients achieve the best birth outcomes possible. I am so thankful to Heidi for hosting this class and for her inviting teaching style. I will definitely be joining her again for future teachings on other topics! -Brittany


In the 6-hour Comprehensive Workshop, you will learn when and why to use the peanut ball, safety guidelines, Essential positions for laboring in and out of bed, posture cues, and keys for remembering the positions. You will then build upon the Essentials with another dozen or more Advanced positions for your toolkit, including those based on birth biomechanics principles working with fetal station and positions. AND SO MUCH MORE!

You'll learn how to integrate concepts you have seen from sources like Spinning Babies, Body Ready Method, or Optimal Maternal Positioning, applying them to real-world birth scenarios.

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
  • Recall essential factors of safe peanut ball use
  • Determine the appropriate size of peanut ball to use relative to the birthing person’s body proportions
  • Choose the appropriate size of peanut ball to use relative to the position
  • Differentiate peanut ball positions to use for each level of fetal descent (inlet, mid-pelvis, outlet)
  • Discuss ways to add movement to otherwise stationary peanut ball positions
  • Identify peanut ball positions useful for special circumstances such as asynclitism, OP, breech
  • Discuss strategies for energy conservation using the peanut ball in labor and postpartum


2024 workshops are being planned now! Want to bring a workshop to your area? Contact me today.

  • Request to join the WAITLIST to be notified first when Early Bird tickets become available.
  • All workshops will follow a schedule of 10 am - 5 pm, includes a 1-hour lunch break unless otherwise noted.
  • TBD - Birmingham, AL - Reschedule
  • October 8, 2024 - New Orleans, LA (Metairie)


  • A limited number of equity seats will be available for BIPOC birth workers. Contact me for details.
  • This event is approved for 6 continuing education contact hours through DONA International, approval code #940
  • If you select WAITLIST for an event, I'll be in touch when registration opens and you can pay your fee at that time. Please be sure your email is correct!
  • If you have questions, contact me at info@expectingnewlife.com.

Refund policy:

Full refunds will be available for up to 14 days before the event. Requests made fewer than 14 days prior to the event will be subject to a $50 non-refundable processing fee. Tickets may be transferred to other attendees or to future workshops. Eligible refunds will be processed within 30 days of the scheduled event date. If the event is canceled, registrants will be contacted via the email address and phone numbers they provided when paying the workshop fee online and will be issued a full refund.

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