Dancing in labor? Yes, this is wonderful if you feel so inclined. Let’s discuss why it works.
In order for your baby to be born, she must descend and make several movements through the birth canal. Your position can greatly influence her progress during labor and delivery. Using gravity and changing positions frequently is helpful in bringing baby down, increasing your comfort and helping your body soften and relax. And all of that can speed up your labor and delivery!
It is best to change positions every thirty minutes to an hour and try any position that feels comfortable for you. Some possible positions include:
Sitting on a birth ball
Leaning over a bed or ball
Sitting in throne position in a bed
Resting on hands and knees
Slow dancing or leaning on a partner
Sitting on the toilet
Relaxing in a tub or shower
If you have an epidural it is still possible to change positions in bed. A helpful position is lying on your side with a peanut ball between your legs to keep your hips open. Switching from one side to the other side every thirty minutes to an hour is recommended. Your doula or a nurse can help you move into these different positions. Often times you will feel drawn to put your body in a specific position. Listen to these impulses and go with the flow. This may be the exact position your body needs to be in to help baby out! Dancing in labor may also help decrease stress and relieve tension.