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26 Nov

Rebozo Workshop

Last week some of the midwives attended a Rebozo Workshop ran by Selina Wallis a doula and public health researcher. A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl that is long enough to wrap around a woman's body (about 4-5 feet). It is a tool that can be used antenatally and in labour, and also afterwards for 'closing the ones'. It is used to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation. A large scarf, sheet or piece of fabric can be substituted for a rebozo.

The rebozo acts like an extension of the labor partner's arms, allowing the partner to help support the laboring mother's weight so she doesn't have to. It can also help to ensure the mother through Birthing Naturally is in the right position through Rebozo

On the day we learnt and revised ways to recognise the signs of malposition in pregnancy and labour, and techniques to resolve issues and to help prevent intervention. We learnt many tips about how to use the rebozo to resolve many common and uncommon positioning problems (asyncliticsm, lack of engagement, posterior presentation, nuchal arm, cervical lip). We also had a go at belly dancing, which caused a few laughs, but also helped reinforce how important dance and movement are to birth.

The photographs of the day show midwives practising many of the techniques. We all left the day feeling refreshed, invigorated, and keen to introduce the rebozo into our practice, or with our knowledge refreshed.

More information for parents and midwives for fetal positioning through rebozo-sifting can be found here

Post by Michelle Beacock, One to One midwife

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