Dancing in Labor and Delivery

Dancing in Labor
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:
Side lying
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.

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading

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