Dancing while in Labor? How awesome is that?!?!?

I saw this video and had to share.  This woman is 7 centimeters dilated and is freaking dancing!!!  This is how big 7 centimeters is for those of you who are not familiar.

7 centimeters
7 centimeters

When a woman is 7 centimeters she is in what is called transition.  Transition is aside from the actual birth one of the most intense portions of labor.  Here is a detailed definition of transition:

“Transition is the most difficult phase of labor for most women; however, it is also the shortest phase generally lasting ½ hour to 1½ hours in length.

Physically, mom is experiencing contractions 2-3 minutes apart, lasting 60-90 seconds, and are very strong in intensity. Contractions may even “piggy-back” which means one contraction may start to fade away and another one comes along immediately. During this phase she may notice increased bloody show; nausea, vomiting, burping, or hiccups; shaking; hot/cold feelings; fatigue; and sensitivity to touch. Additionally, she may indicate increased pressure on the perineum and/or rectum.

Emotionally, mom can become restless, irritable, discouraged, and confused. She may find that she focuses inward as she works with her labor. She may have a hard time communicating her wishes. This is the point in labor when she usually needs the most support.

During transition, labor support is crucial for the mom’s physical and emotional well-being. Partners should remain with the mom; give firm, clear, positive, and simple directions; remind her to change her positions; assist with breathing patterns; offer a cool washcloth for her brow and lip balm; and keep her hydrated with water and/or ice chips. Remind her to take one contraction at a time and not to give in to the panicky feelings. If Mom Panics: call her by name, take her face in your hands, develop and maintain eye contact, breathe with mom or talk her through the contraction, try variations in breathing patterns, and give lots of reassurance that she is near the end! Remember, any questions for mom should be asked BETWEEN contractions and not during. Watch for signs that she has to push (grunting or pushing sounds). If she indicates she needs to push, tell her to lift up her chin and pretend she is blowing out birthday candles one by one. She needs to be checked by her caregiver to see if her cervix is completely dilated. If not and she pushes prematurely, her cervix could swell or tear.”

Now, with that knowledge in mind, these brave men took on a labor simulator to experience what their wives felt.  Imagine trying to dance through this!

This was me at 7 centimeters.  I had a playlist planed and I had full intent on dancing and singing my way through birth.  I was going to push and actually spit the kid out while Yellow by Coldplay was playing.  Needless to say NONE of that happened.  When the man tried to put music on I very passionately let him know that he need not do anything but figure out how to make my labor pains go away and prevent me from spontaneously combusting.

this is me curled up in a ball trying to figure out how to calmly get this baby out. No dancing.
this is me curled up in a ball trying to figure out how to calmly get this baby out. No dancing.

Dancing is actually a great way to lessen the labor pains.  There are all sorts of ways to lessen labor pains, the issue becomes when you are actually in labor you are in too much pain to do any of them.  My doula and midwife deserve medals.  Without them I’m sure I would have ran naked through the hospital looking for drugs.

God bless this woman!  You go girl!

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