Did you know that when women follow their own body cues more often than not, they put themselves in an upright position?
In fact, upright delivery is associated with more effective contractions, a lower incidence of fetal distress, less interventions, and shorter labors.
Whether your are birthing with your husband, doula, mother or friend, you'll want to practice partner-supported birth positions together before labor begins. Why? This helps you visualize what positions you can go-to for labor. It is also important to practice these positions with your birth partner prior to birth so that you can both understand together how they work and be comfortable with them as well. Safety is important to, especially with the dangle positions. You'll want to be sure to fine-tune these prior to labor so you are safe.
Not all these positions will be comfortable for you. And hey--you may not be the kind of person in labor who wants to be touched (I wasn't so much). But regardless,...
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Recently, I spoke with Amanda Rayburg, LMT, a certified prenatal and postpartum massage therapist, a doula, infant massage instructor and a Rebozo instructor from Buffalo, New York. Check out my interview with her on Rebozos and how they can be used prenatally as well as during birth. Contact her about her services at [email protected] or www.HEAT.Center.
A Rebozo is a long shawl (usually about 6-9 feet long) that has been used by Mexican Women for both fashion and function for centuries. (Amanda offers some great historical facts in this interview!)
For pregnancy and labor, the Rebozo is used to keep the pregnant woman comfortable by offering protection, relaxation, and connection to the support partner. The Rebozo is a tool not only for comfort, but one that gives the support partner the confidence to take an active role in the pregnancy and birth of...