We are excited to announce that Dancing For Birth™ (DFB) recently held a private in-service training for Mercy Hospital. Gloria Newman, RNC-OB, MSN, Nurse Manager and Head of Women’s and Children’s Education organized the training in order for the maternity staff, including Labor and Birth Nurses and Educators, to learn DFB’s innovative techniques for resolving fetal mal-position, increasing maternal comfort, and decreasing c-sections and other medical interventions. She also has plans for DFB classes for pregnant and new mothers to be offered weekly at Mercy Hospital. “Best training I ever had!” said Newman.
The 18 staff members in attendance at the training will now be able to assist laboring mothers at Mercy to use gravity and movement to their advantage to help baby into an optimal fetal position, aid the rotation and descent of the baby, and increase their comfort and satisfaction. Signature moves like “Dilation Gyration”, “Down Baby Down” and “Infinite Patience” help to shorten labor, open the pelvic outlet to ease the birth, and utilize mother’s own birth instincts for increased well-being for mom and baby. Moms who labor at Mercy will be encouraged and supported to utilize a full range of movement and positions. There is even talk of having a labor-dancing room where mothers can go as an alternative to walking the halls when they desire more space to move during labor. Mercy is leading the way for other area hospitals to embrace Dancing For Birth™ and it’s woman-centered, evidence-based approach to supporting normal physiologic birth.
6 Mercy staff members will go on to earn their DFB Instructor Certification and teach weekly Dancing For Birth™ classes to pregnant and new moms at Mercy Hospital. Newman says she’s inspired to help women be healthier during pregnancy by using dance. The classes will enable women to gain prenatal fitness as well as essential birth education. They’ll learn a ‘language of movement’ that will help them enjoy their birth and labor effectively. The gentle and easy moves are geared for beginners and utilize music and rhythms from Latin, Middle Eastern and African cultures. Classes will be offered starting in November. This class also includes new moms and their infants, so participants can come full circle together. There’s nothing else quite like it! See Mercy/DFB on Fox 2 News.