Fearful of liability, some hospitals are restricting the use of birthing balls. Patients lose again:
. . . [the nurse] took things one step further, telling her she can’t use a birthing ball because she might fall off, and it’s a liability issue . . .
. . . “Instead of simply risk-managing the things that might help women in labour, surely what we really need to address is the culture of fear and litigation which has somehow enshrouded pregnancy and birth, and the ways in which we can break this down, for the sake of everybody concerned.”