Dancing For Birth ™ classes come to Cambridge!!
Women learn movements designed to encourage intuitive “vertical birth.”
A moratorium has been declared on the back-lying, lithotomy position of birthing by Stephanie Larson, DFB, CD(DONA), CBE, BFA, Founder of Dancing For Birth™, whose vision is for women world-wide to have the enjoyment of dancing their babies into the world. Currently, the classes are offered on four continents. Larson says women can learn how to harness gravity and move their bodies during labor for more satisfying births. She was named USA's National Birth Hero 2011. Cambridge resident, Tanya Goreing, was in attendance at the Dancing For Birth ™ Instructor Training workshop held in Pittsburgh, PA this April, where she learned how to Energize, Enlighten and Empower ™ women in the childbearing years. She has now earned her Dancing For Birth™ Instructor Certification (DFB) and is forming classes for pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns right here in Cambridge. Tanya is a Maternity and Child Reflexologist, Doula and Instructor, and feels Dancing For Birth™ classes will be an important addition to her offerings for pregnant and postpartum women.
“Women’s bodies are not designed for birthing on our backs, which prevents the pelvis from opening fully and gravity from helping the birth process” says Larson, who feels that the norms (such as back-lying) and routine interventions which characterize many hospital births are not evidence-based and are hindering instead of helping birthing women. “We are mammals after all. Can you imagine trying to coax an elephant to give birth on her back with her legs up in the air? Our maternal instincts tell us to move during labor and plant our feet on the floor when it’s time to push.” One way to improve women’s birth experiences is to shift the paradigm from horizontal to vertical birth positions. In fact, a recent study, "Maternal Positions and Mobility During First Stage Labour" by Lawrence et al finds that women who are vertical during birth shorten their labors and request fewer epidurals.
Dancing For Birth™ prenatal/postpartum classes teach a “language of movement” specially designed for pregnant women and postpartum women wearing their babies in soft slings or front packs. Though the movements are inspired by ancient dance forms (like Belly dance and African dance) the 90-minute weekly classes, which combine dance fitness with little-known childbirth preparation skills such as optimal fetal positioning, are the wave of the future of birth and resonate with women. “Modern day women want to celebrate birth and be transformed by it!” says Larson. “They have innate wisdom of how to give birth with ease and lovingly mother their children, and Dancing For Birth ™ classes help awaken their abilities.” Women often come to class simply for fun and fitness, and find that they gain more than they expected to. “This class was fun and informative. I love dancing and I was excited to learn a how to incorporate it into this whole pregnancy and birth experience. I gained great moves to help me feel good, and birthing positions and knowledge of what I can do to help me through labor”, said Melanie Eng, pregnant with her first child.
Tanya says “Pregnant woman and their partners are searching for ways they can achieve more positive birthing experiences. Moving through your labour and birth, and making it a pleasurable experience by dancing, is a great way to provide that."
On Thursday June 20th at 6:30pm, Tanya will be offering a free demonstration class at her center that is open to all pregnant and postpartum women. You can register for this class here! Following that, the community can expect weekly Dancing For Birth™ classes at Soul Treatments Wellness Center, which specializes in the unique Pregnancy to Parenthood needs in the Waterloo Region alongside her partners Tania Heinemann of Yellowood Nutrition and Wellness, Andrea Ryan of Oh Baby Fitness and Isabel Griffith Chiropractor at Soul Treatments Wellness Center, located at 426 Queen St. W. Cambridge (H). Dancing For Birth™ classes were originated by founder, Stephanie Larson, a dancer, certified birth doula, childbirth educator, perinatal fitness expert and mother of four. For more information or for an interview with founder Stephanie Larson please visit www.DancingForBirth.com call 314-469-9118. For an interview with local instructor Tanya Goreing please call 519-221-0155.
Tanya Goreing is the proud mother of one boy and the owner of Soul Treatments. The natural health of woman and children is her passion!