Birthing Slings for an Active Birth

Ceiling mounted birthing sling

We at Softbirths make birth equipment for the NHS at a reasonable price and we do this by keeping our designs simple and safe.  Take our ceiling mount for birthing slings for example.


testing birthing slings
Weight-testing the sling cloth

We know that the average Midwife Led Unit or Birth Centre sees thousands of births a year with thousands of different women. Therefore quality, functionality and durability were our priorities when putting our prototype slings through their paces.

The metalwork is made in the UK by experienced, skilled craftsmen, our  steel ceiling mount and carabiner clips are virtually indestructible, yet incredibly easy to fit at a fraction of the price of other mounted fittings currently on the market, leaving you room to spend your budget on other home comforts for birthing women and midwives caring for them.

The tensile strength of the fabrics have been tested  up to 175 kilos. (We recommend using a ‘larkshead’ loop with the fabric through the carabiner clip for maximum strength – see photo of rope).

The metalwork is an area where savings to the NHS come in because it uses generic off-the-shelf components.  There is no mystery to fixing an eye-bolt to a beam or joist, no special components with patents.  We’ve added in two safety features so that there are two ‘locks’ to stop this metalwork ever unscrewing. The metalwork itself has been tested up to 400kg without it budging.  

Long and Strong

All our birthing slings are a generous six meters in length, giving plenty of length for loops and knots. They are manufactured in a beautiful series of jacquard weave, heavyweight cottons with for extra luxury and durability. They feel comfortable, strong and secure for labouring women to lean through or hold onto.

Birthing sling rebozo material
Beautiful, robust weaves in a range of designs



SoftBirth birthing sling fabrics are cotton or cotton blend and have been wash tested to 60°C with no noticeable loss of colour and a shrinkage allowance of just 3%.

Have a look

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There is a whole range of beautiful colours and patterns of birthing slings to choose from, more than we can show here.  Take a look at Softbirth’s birthing sling page or contact us for more details.

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