Doctor shows how pregnant women can dance away their labor pain

Doctor shows how pregnant women can dance away their labor pain

Doctor becomes famous with his dance routines that ease labor pain.

Childbirth for most women may is the most excruciating experience - and a Brazilian doctor has taken it upon himself to help them relieve their pain. He supports his devised method with science to convince to-be-mothers to take him seriously and try it out for themselves.

What is the method, you might ask? As simple as dancing routines! Dr. Fernando Guedes da Cunha has posted videos and photographs of himself leading dancing routines with very pregnant women to songs they love. "Dance, walk, activities with a ball of physiotherapy and squats, are part of the patient's verticalization, which greatly favors labor. We are increasingly trying to implement human measures to improve assistance to pregnant women," D. Cunha said. 


His call to fame was his video of himself dancing to Despacito with a patient at his hospital Unimed Vitoria. He backs his moves up with the movement that is proven to reduce pain during labor and make giving birth easier. His routines primarily include squats, hip movements, and shimmies. 

Hospitals who are sharing his belief have found that movement while in labor surprisingly "contributes to relaxation and facilitates the birth of the baby." Furthermore, a 1998 study in the The New England Journal of Medicine backs Dr. Cunha when it says that research found women who walked or moved around during had shorter labors.

Another study published in 2003 in Nursing Research found "women in labor experienced worse back pain when they were lying down." "The baby needs to move through the birth canal, so when mom is moving, she is assisting her baby to move through the birth canal structures as well," Dr. Regina Kaplan, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Ocean Medical Center states. She adds, "It will help shift the pressure of the baby pressing on maternal skeletal structures and organs."

Kegels, a pelvic floor exercise, is known to be associated with easing labor pains. The American Pregnancy Association attests this when they say, "Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy can help you develop the ability to control your muscles during labor and delivery." Practicing rhythmic and mindful breathing could also help release tension and stress during labor. 

Other ways that could potentially make labor easier are - nipple stimulation which can be done manually or with an electric breast pump - as suggested by the American Pregnancy Association. They support this belief saying that with the stimulation of nipples, the body produces the hormone oxytocin, which in return stimulates contractions. 

However, this exciting practice of dance your way through labor might not benefit everyone in labor and hence should only be done in supervision or after a doctor's recommendation. 

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