A few short hours after Connell Cloyd filmed this video clip of his laughing wife Yuki Nishizawa dancing during labor (at 7 cm dilation), she gave birth to their adorable 6 pound, 15 oz son, Coji.
Laughing, smiling, singing and dancing during labor? This is not what most people picture when they think of birth. Yuki has already inspired millions of people ― the video has gone viral, with almost 7 million views since it was posted just a short time ago. As a natural comfort measure, Yuki did a lot of dancing during her unmedicated birth, including the “Cupid Shuffle” and the “Tootsie Roll.” “This one actually works the best”, Yuki says, referring to the “Tootsie Roll.” What do the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery in Boston, where she gave birth, think? “I love it”, says one caregiver, looking on with a big smile.
A growing number of women are finding comfort and joy in pregnancy and labor by dancing. Dancing For Birth™ classes are a fun and effective fusion of prenatal dance fitness, childbirth education, and celebration. They originated in the USA and now take place weekly on four continents. Participants in all stages of pregnancy learn signature dance moves like “Dilation Gyration” and “Down Baby Down” which utilize gravity to help guide baby into the optimal fetal position, and encourage descent. They love how the dance moves shorten labor and open the pelvic outlet for a more effective birth. Studies confirm that movements such as these shorten labor, reduce epidural requests, reduce episiotomies, and reduce c-sections. Dancing also helps the release of Oxytocin, the love and euphoria hormone, which is a natural pain-killer. More benefits.
“Dancing For Birth™ class helped during my pregnancy and through labor. It has helped so much afterwards, too. Aeryn loves it when I wear her in dance class!” says Bridgette Kelly. Are you pregnant and inspired to dance your baby into the world? How would your birth plans change if you knew how to move your body to correct baby’s breech or posterior position? How much more effective will your birth be when you utilize the pushing position that as much as doubles the size of your pelvic outlet for ease of birth? What if you could feel euphoria during birth instead of pain or numbness? Certified Dancing For Birth Instructors™ teach ongoing weekly classes in your area. Find a class near me
I created Dancing For Birth™ classes because I danced during my births and it helped me so much that I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. I think Yuki would make a great Dancing For Birth™ Instructor, don’t you agree? Did you dance during your labor? Share how it helped you in the comments.
by Stephanie Larson, Founder, Dancing For Birth™