Dancing to Ease Labor Pain

Video of Moms Dancing in Labor

Recently a video of a mom dancing in labor made it's way around social media. All of the pregnant women thought it was awesome. As someone who has been around the block a time or two and watches the trends come and go in labor and birth, I can tell you, this amazing mom was not the first, nor will she be the last to use movement as a way to cope with the pain of labor.

Movement has long been known to help moms feel comfortable in labor, particularly when mom gets to pick her positions or the movement. Lamaze International has a whole Healthy Birth Practice built around this concept. In childbirth class, I teach women how to follow their body's movements and to use this rhythm to help labor progress. 

There is a whole movement dedicated towards dancing in labor. Dancing for Birth is actually a whole topic of how to dance to prepare your body and your baby during labor. Their slogan is: Simple moves for safer, easier birth.

I thought I would share some of the videos from years past of moms dancing in labor. What dance will you do?


Tootsee Roll in Labor
Photo © Connell Cloyd

Yuki Nishizawa and husband, Connell Cloyd didn't know they were about to be an internet sensation as they filmed Yuki doing the Tootsee Roll in labor. They had done the same dance with their first baby, and assumed that this would help, just like it had the first time. I actually love that the nurse is watching and enjoying too. Follow up video available.



Tootsee Roll to Induce Labor
Photo © mrsramos777

The Tootsee Roll is obviously a great dance for labor and has been done many times, including this mom trying to get her labor started.



Katy Perry's Fireworks to induce labor
Photo © lmcortizo

Perhaps Katy Perry is more your speed. Here you can watch a mom dance in her hallway to Firework.



Mom dances to induce with twins
Photo © GageandJesss

She says,  "Almost 38 weeks pregnant with twins after 16 days of contractions, lost parts or all of my mucus plus 14 times, 4cm dilated, 70% effaced, numerous false alarms, and virtually no sleep.... I have no other options... ;)" I love watching her and her daughter dance. I certainly couldn't move that well when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my twins.



Water breaks while dancing
Photo © Steve Jag

This is a very short video clip, but the looks on their faces are priceless. (By the way, you don't need to panic when your water breaks.) 



Moms dances to Thriller to Induce Labor
Photo © Bonnie Northsea

This mom was 40 weeks along and planning a homebirth. Her husband was receiving treatment for testicular cancer and she was anxious to move the baby along. Someone told her that doing the Thriller Dance from Michael Jackson would help. It didn't work, but the video is still priceless. You can also see the beautiful birth video follow up



The Induction Dance
Photo © Erika DeMont

This moms says she was desperate to start labor. So she danced to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.



Let's Get it Started
Photo © Ryan Garcia

 I love the fact that the whole family gets in on this dance, even dad!



Belly Dancing During Induction of Labor
Photo © Mohammad Bigdeli

This mom was having an induction of labor. She used belly dancing as a way to relieve pain. "Dancing whole way through my contraction and using breathing technics helped me to cope with the pain."



Hula Hooping in Late Labor
Photo © Elizabeth Derry

Okay, this technically isn't dancing, but it's like dancing with a plastic hoop, so I've included it in case that's more your speed. This mom is actually only about an hour and a half form giving birth in this video!