Dance is a way to celebrate. It can symbolize a rite of passage, a coming of age or a transition into a new role. It is a way to express emotion, to embody thoughts, wisdom and feelings, and to be inspired. It also brings joy, happiness, passion, and intensity. Dance brings with it physical and emotional benefits throughout the childbearing experience. In Dancing For Birth™ classes, dance moves become body memory, and empower families to use movement in labor, for a more effective and pleasurable birth. The freedom to get up and move allows for choice and ownership of the experience.
The movements of birth are a form of communication between mother and baby. By responding to discomfort, the laboring mother chooses a position and movements that make her feel better, and in so doing, help the baby assume a more optimal position for birth. Sensation becomes a valuable guide during labor, to inform mother’s movements so she can respond to baby’s need for increased space, rotation, and descent. Through dance and movement, the labor can progress most effectively, because mother and baby are working together, using gravity and motion to aid this beautiful, normal, physiological process. Birth is a dance. With her feet firmly planted on the ground, the laboring woman feels centered, grounded, strong and capable. The sensations she feels can be subtle or intense. The sensations of labor may vary widely, and can include much pleasure. Even if there is discomfort, it needn’t be suffering, as long the laboring woman is supported in her desire to move and follow her instincts.
Labor can be a transcendent experience that gives a woman new power to draw on for the rest of her life, strengthening her for the challenges and joys of parenting. Dancing during labor helps the release of powerful hormones of love and euphoria, which also reduce pain. The wisdom of the body, along with primal birthing instincts, are released through movement and dance. Mother is moved by the rhythm of her labor and the new life within her. She acknowledges that her body is working. Affirms that her body is capable. Allows the experience to be what it is. Doesn’t censor, worry or hold back. Dances her baby into the world.