The Birthing Dance

Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
The Birthing Dance
Jill Diana Chasse

Movement is magic. Soothing and flowing like water- emotionally releasing and physiologically unrestricting. Movement balances the mind and body, excites the inner artist and allows empowerment and freedom. Unfortunately, many women do not use this power of movement when it is most necessary. Birthing a baby. When birthing a child, a woman is the epitome of flow and passion, but if she cannot allow that surge to move and shift, the restriction can lead to pain both emotionally and physically. Moving through birthing alleviates, lightens and dissipates the pain, allowing both mom and baby to passionately flow and unwind.

Movement in labor not only increases a mother's comfort and level of control, it allows a woman's body to get into an optimal physical position to help release her baby. An upright birthing position with rocking or swaying motion allows gravity to help the baby descend and mom's cervix to open. It can also help move the uterus forward and increase the size of the pelvic outlet. It is an evidence-based way to help reduce interventions and increase a healthy and calm birth outcome.

When birthing at home, or at most birth centers, movement restriction is not a factor. At the majority of hospital this is not the case. Policies, regulations and old faded rules that have no place in evidence-based healthcare outshine the needs of mother and child. Too often women are physically and emotionally put in a subservient, submissive position leading not only to psychological trauma but often medical problems as well.

Speaking up about movement can help to reduce the adverse effects of movement restriction. Even in a hospital setting, dancing through birthing is possible. Sitting up or squatting in bed- swaying to soft tunes on the radio or singing to yourself while leaning up against your partner can be done anywhere. There is no medical reason not to drink during laboring, so an IV is generally not needed. For low risk moms, continuous fetal monitoring does more harm than good. There is no medical reason to strap a laboring mother to a bed. Midwives are trained in intermittent auscultation using a fetoscope to check on the baby's heartrate as labor progresses. This can be done in a hospital setting as well, even by a doctor or nurse using a portable Doppler.

Movement through birthing, including dancing, flowing, and actively choosing an upright birthing position has physical, psychological and emotional advantages for both mother and baby. This leads to an easier and faster birth, reducing interventions and distressful birth outcomes and increasing peace, serenity and wellness.

Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.

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Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE

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Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE

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