The rebozo, a tightly woven traditional Mexican shawl, is one of the few tools I have in my doula bag. The gentle belly sifting accomplished with the rebozo feels very calming, relaxing and nurturing to the mom. This belly massage can relief uterine ligament tension during pregnancy and labor. It can also relief general tension in the body. Some moms tell me that it feels as if I’m cradling them ~a lovely way to mother the mother.
Using the rebozo during labor can help with optimal fetal positioning. The rebozo is a gentle, drug free way to support the laboring mother.
After childbirth, the rebozo can be used to wrap the mother to help her re-integrate her nervous system.
These are some of my favorite videos.
Mexican midwife, Naoli Vinaver teaching how to use the Rebozo for optimal fetal positioning – part 1
Naoli Vinaver teaching how to use the Rebozo for optimal fetal positioning – part 2
Naoli Vinaver demonstrates using a Rebozo (Mexican Shawl) in order to move Sexual Energy and progress labor.
To read more about traditional ways to support moms click here: The Rebozo, A transcription of the rebozo workshop given by Doña Irene Sotelo and Naolí Vinaver