by Stephanie Larson, Founder of Dancing For Birth
Today I’ll be teaching you the Five S’s – five body movements for comfort during labor. Use these moves during pregnancy and during labor to find pleasure and feel empowered. Work in harmony with your own birth instincts. Get into your birth rhythm. Since it feels so good to move during labor it’s a no-brainer, and it actually helps you get out of your “thinking brain” and into your “feeling brain” which allows you to follow your body’s wisdom. You’re also gaining other important birth benefits by doing these moves. You’re utilizing gravity to bring your baby down and out. The hip action mobilizes your pelvis so baby can fully access all the usable space. The moves open your pelvic outlet for ease of birth―by a lot! They guide your baby into an optimal position. They also release muscle tension, which helps you avoid the fear-tension-pain cycle.
Ready to do them with me?!
Which one resonates most with you? Now that you’ve tried all 5 S’s―Sway, Shimmy, Stomp, Squat and aSymmetry (not really an S word, but close enough!)―can you feel how they help baby rotate and descend through the pelvis during labor? Tell me in the comments below.
Stephanie Larson is a leading world expert on supporting pregnancy, birth and new parenthood through movement and instinct. She is the Founder and Master Trainer of Dancing For Birth™ the pre/postnatal class that combines fitness, childbirth education and celebration and has become a global sensation. Larson calls for an end to forced lithotomy position, and a worldwide shift to primal, powerful, euphoric birth and conscious parenting. Her speaking engagements and TV appearances include DONA International, Lamaze International, CAPPA, ICAN, CIMS, ICEA, CAPPA Canada, AWHONN, CBS, NBC and FOX. She ‘danced out’ her four babies in birth center, hospital and home births.