Founded by Janet Blaskas, Active Birth is a philosophy of working with the natural process of labour and birth. This type of birth is instinctive, following the spontaneous process of labour and birth using your own resources. It supports women to do what feels right for them.
As the term suggests, women are encourage to be active not passive during their labours. This approach promotes walking around, remaining upright (where possible), choosing positions for labour and birth freely, and finding ways to relax in upright positions. Many types of childbirth education classes incorporate part or all of this philosophy into their programs.
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Rebozo Demonstration with Naoli Vinaver Lopez This Youtube video demonstrates how to use the Rebozo (Mexican Shawl) to help women progress labour. Well known midwife Naoli Vinaver Lopez from Mexico, came to Los Angeles to teach a doula-workshop.
Rebozo use for labour: The hip squeeze Aimée and Jill demonstrate using rebozo for labour: The hip squeeze. The rebozo is great for relieving lower back pain or hip pain in pregnancy and in labour. The rebozo can also help with the progression of labour by realigning the pelvis in a way that helps the baby move lower. A technique is also demonstrated on how to secure the rebozo in the hip squeeze position so that your hands are free
Rebozo as a comfort measure in labour A Rebozo is a traditional Mexican Shawl that can be used as a comfort measure in labour. Here we see a father lifting his wife's belly to rock her gently between labour contractions. He lifts two to four centimeters and begins slowly rocking her belly. She relaxes and the baby can rotate and descend in labour.
Rebozos as a tool for pregnancy and labour On this page are YouTube videos and links to articles about using the rebozo as a tool for pregnancy and labour. A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl. This shawl is long enough to wrap around a woman's body. Indeed, it is used in pregnancy and labour by midwives, doulas and support people. It acts as a comfort measure and it also encourages babies into an optimal position.
Using the rebozo in labour This YouTube video shows how a rebozo can be used in labour. The technique here is called sifting. This gentle movement relieves uterine ligament tension during pregnancy. It can also be used to help fetal rotation and descent during labour.
Stand and deliver! Everything you need to know about birth positions By Hannah Dahlen “Walking during labour was the only way I could deal with the pain. I walked the pain away. It felt great to be able to do this for myself. I felt in control. In my head I actually kept thinking, I’m walking away from the pain and leaving it behind.” (Cathy) When it comes to childbirth most midwives will tell you it’s not something you
Active birth - Slow dancing Active birth is a way to work with birth physiology. Indeed, in labour a woman is encouraged to move and change her position freely. Using upright positions harnesses gravity to help with the progress of labour. Movement also helps with baby's position and a woman's comfort in labour. This video clip by Penny Simkin demonstrates slow dancing as an active birth technique. Couples can use "slow dancing" during labour to help labour progress, decrease discomfort
Active birth with your birthing partner By Zoe Mongey Get Your Partner into it! - Hot tips for an active birth with your birthing partner Top Tip One – Try the all fours position during the early stages of labour. The all fours position, during the early stages of labour, can really help to alleviate contraction discomfort. This pose can be done on the floor or the bed. It helps to encourage the baby into the anterior position so
By Hannah Dahlen Think of childbirth and you’re likely to picture a woman lying on her back on a hospital bed. That’s the position most (78%) Australian women adopt to give birth birth, despite growing evidence that being upright to give birth can have better outcomes for the mother and baby. Historical and anthropological literature shows that lying down for birth is a relatively modern phenomenon, as we have moved from a more social to a surgical model of
By Yvette Barton Exercising while pregnant has been shown to have a broad range of benefits, including avoiding pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you stay fit, keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour. Similarly remaining active and upright during labour has been shown to shorten labour, increase pelvic diameter, produce more effective contractions, and result in fewer interventions such as forceps or vacuum births and episiotomies. What is a Birthing Ball?