How many women are squatting in labor in America?
The answer is you see very few women squatting in labor in our culture. And when women in America try to labor this way, due to lack of muscle tone, practice, and incorrect foot positioning, squatting can do more damage than good. Pelvic balance is crucial to maintaining efficient progress during birth. It can open up the pelvis and help the cervix open and the baby descend more quickly and comfortably.
So how can we squat safely?
Great question! Dancing For Birth™ offers some insight to this. Using a demi-squat position called “Powerful Woman” demonstrated here by founder, Stephanie Larson, is a great way to keep the pelvis balanced, pelvic outlet open, and reduce incidence of tearing. Pelvic health is one of the most over-looked and underestimated issues facing women. 80% of women who have vaginal birth experience some type of pelvic dysfunction including urinary or fecal incontinence. Strengthening of the pelvic floor can help reduce or eliminate these issues, even after vaginal birth.
Dancing For Birth™ Certified Instructor and Trainer, Lisa Marie Morgan wrote this corresponding article about the parallel squat. Give a squat and position yourself well!
A Right and Wrong Way to Squat When Giving Birth
2/1/2016 4:45:00 PM
By Lisa Marie Morgan, Dancing for Birth
Tags: giving birth, parenting, home birth, Oregon, Lisa Marie Morgan
I always tell my Dancing for Birth students to worry less about dancing correctly and more about trusting their bodies, as I want them to do in birth, with one exception — squats.
After I demonstrated a true birth squat in class one evening, a student asked, “Why doesn’t everyone else know this?” I was stopped by her question. It reminded me that many childbirth professionals and educators are still teaching and having mommas squat incorrectly.
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