The Spiral Dance of Birth
When we conceive we wrap ourselves around our partners in a spiral embrace. The very nature of our DNA is a spiral form. The unborn baby grows in a spiral arrangement of organs and tissues in our bodies. The cord from the placenta to the baby’s umbilicus is a spiral shape.
When our babies are born and are able to birth themselves through the pelvic bowl of the mother, they descend in a spiral movement. As the head emerges, the baby rotates his or her shoulders and births in a spiral wave of energy.
When we hold our babies, we enfold them into our spiralling arms and they snuggle their heads into our necks in a spiral motion.
During pregnancy, the hips swing in a spiral movement and spiral dancing keeps the spine supple and strong. It softens and supples the ligaments and tendons supporting the pelvic bowl and within, our babies. Spiralling helps to keep a mother soft and giving. Our solar system and precious earth are turning suspended in the spiral motion of the Milky Way and beyond that the universe.
We humans are dancing the spiral of life, no less when we give birth to our babies.
Essential Movement Tools for Birth
There are specific posture and movements in pregnancy that prepare the mother’s body and encourage the baby’s positioning for a positive birth experience. Dance and maternal movement are powerful tools to use in pregnancy and birth, because labor is a dance. Simple movements enable the birthing mother to move her baby into an optimal position in her birth canal so the baby can move out through her vagina. In labor, movement is vital just like in pregnancy.
The main movements of the baby are:
1. Descent, when the baby moves downward onto the cervix,
2. Flexion of the head (degree of the baby’s chin tucked against her chest to pass through the pelvis),
3. Engagement of the head into the pelvis,
4. Internal rotation of the baby’s head & body occurring in a downward spiral motion through the pelvis and birth canal.
Mothers’ bodies are designed to create, grow, and sustain a life, just as they are designed intricately, yet so simple to give birth. The hormones of oxytocin, endorphins, and adrenaline are released through dance and movement in birth and pregnancy, giving the birthing mother the energy for the physical experience as well as giving her a euphoric emotional feeling.
As the laboring mother moves her body, the blood flows and circulates to the uterus and placenta, allowing the baby to receive more oxygen-rich blood and the muscles to relax. This optimal uterine function is connecting the movement of breath pattern with the rhythmic pattern of the uterus.
- Rocking the hips – helps settle baby’s head into the pelvic area;
- Leaning – helps to move the baby’s back to another direction;
- Straddling, Squatting – opens pelvic area, gives legs and muscles some rest, puts pressure on the cervix;
- Sitting on all fours rotates the baby back forward, relieving pressure of quick moving labor, and relieves strain of back labor;
- Spirals – balances the pressure on all sides of the cervix during dilation.
Source: birthways.org, spiritualbirth.net