+ Where did the name Kaya come from?

Kaya is a short form of the Hopi name Kakahoya, meaning "my elder little sister." The name implies someone who is wise beyond her years. In Turkey, Kaya is a common traditional boy's name, meaning "rock." and in the indigenous language of Equador, Quechuan, Kaya means "tomorrow." All of these meanings resonated with the spirit of the Kaya Birth project, and the form of the Kaya stool.

+ What is it made of?

The Kaya stool is made of a low density, food-grade plastic called polyethylene, which has a simple molecular structure and does not contain phthalates or other unsafe additives. Dioxins and other toxic chemicals are not released into the environment during production.

+ What does it feel like?

The plastic is moulded into organic compound curves to ergonomically and comfortably support the body. The nature of the curves help to relieve pressure on the perineum while seated in a squating position. We chose a firm plastic in order to provide stability and resistance while gripping and pushing.

+ How big is it and how much does it weigh?

The Kaya Stool is about 22 x 20" and 13" in height. The Personal Use Model weighs 5.5lbs, and the Pro Model weighs 7.5lbs

+ How much weight can the Kaya Stool support?

The Personal Use stool can support up to 375lbs. The Pro Model can safely support up to 700lbs

+ What is the procedure for cleaning?

The single part design makes the stools easy to clean and disinfect. The stool should be disinfected before and after use by rinsing or thoroughly wiping down with an antibacterial cleanser of your choice.

+ I'm a doula and childbirth educator. Which Kaya Stool is right for me?

While we recommend the professional model stool for use in any childbirth practice, we do have a number of doulas, childbirth educators, and even midwives with smaller practices who opt for the personal use stool.

+ What colours are available?

The personal use stool comes in a turquoise blue colour.