Video: Dance Class Helps Women Prepare to Give Birth

Hillcrest Hospital offers four-week Dancing for Birth sessions for expectant moms at all stages.

A new class offered at has expectant moms dancing to make labor easier.

Barbara Montague, a licensed practical nurse, said Dancing for Birth has been popular elsewhere but is new to the Cleveland area.

"I knew there was a class out there for Dancing for Birth. I love music, I love dancing so I wanted to bring the classes here to Hillcrest," Montague said.

She said Dancing for Birth keeps pregnant women active while teaching moves that will help get babies into better positions for birth.

"It helps the moms navigate through their labor for a better birth experience," she said. "The dance moves we do help get the baby into the optimum position for birth."

Heather Zahn of Kirtland said the class delivers on its promise. She took Lamaze classes before the birth of her first child three years ago and was interested in trying something different this time around.

"It was a unique way of approaching labor instead of the standard Lamaze," she said. "It helps you learn movements and positions to help get in a place that's more peaceful."

Montague said women who have taken the class have a higher level of birth satisfaction. "They feel less pain during their labor and they generally give birth five to seven days earlier," she said.

She likes the class because it offers something different from traditional programs in that it covers dance, relaxation and wisdom.

"I was looking for more of a holistic approach to birth," Montague said. "This is not to take the place of Lamaze. This is something for both body and mind. The body and mind connect. Mentally and physically it all comes together."

Even a mom stuck in bed can make use of some of the techniques, she added.

"You can be anywhere and do the movements," Montague said.

Classes are $40 for a four-week session. Register at the hospital website or by calling 440-312-4647.

Tracy Park May 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We are so excited to have this resource to offer our patients! Thanks to Barb for her passion and love of teaching our pregnant Moms-to-be! Tracy Park, Nurse Manager, Childbirth Education, Hillcrest Hospital
Roger Vozar May 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Barbara's enthusiasm really showed through. I thought the premise sounded trendy at first, but it made sense when she explained how it works.
Stephanie Larson June 06, 2012 at 06:55 AM
The natural birth of my first baby was a transformative experience that helped me recognize my own womanly strength and primal birth wisdom. Dancing during my labor seemed like the most natural thing in the world to me and I assumed it was a common practice. But I realized from sharing my birth story with other new moms that my birth experience was unusual. I learned that in my community many women feared birth or thought of birth as something they could expect to endure at best, but certainly not to enjoy. I felt compelled to create Dancing For Birth™ classes to help women celebrate pregnancy, look forward to giving birth, and become mothers in a way that empowers them. -Stephanie Larson, Founder (The website is www.DancingForBirth.com The classes are offered globally. If there is not one in your area you can purchase the DVD on the website)
Roger Vozar June 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Thanks, Stephanie. Very cool to have the founder commenting on the story.


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