There are a number of things you can do to cope with labour, these include:
The birth ball permits you to be in a gravity enhancing position while being supported and allowing you to move. You can sway or bounce or rock on the ball and not get as tired as you would if you were standing. The gravity enhancing position helps the baby move deeper into the pelvis and likely shortens the length of labour.
People often comment that they notice a relief of pressure on their lower back when sitting on the ball. When you move on the ball, the receptors in your joints send messages about movement to your brain. These messages reach the brain before the pain message from the contractions, so many people say that they feel less pain while moving on the ball. This rhythmic movement on the ball can be very comforting during a contraction.
The toilet is an excellent place to labour. The position is gravity enhancing and it allows a person to empty their bowels or bladder. It also helps that you will have to change your position by walking to get there. Gravity, pelvic relief, and movement are a great combination for progressing labour.