Dancing For Birth™
Dancing For Birth™ is the leading global class for pregnant and new mothers. It’s the “trifecta” of birth preparation: feel-good pre/post natal fitness, essential birth and mothering education, and celebration, all rolled into a weekly class that supports you from preconception to postpartum. Dancing For Birth™ was created by USA’s National Birth Hero, Stephanie Larson.
Come in workout clothes and prepare to have fun! This class can be taken individually or feel free to bring a friend or partner. Classes open with relaxation exercises and discussion, continue with low impact aerobic dancing and finish with comfort measures for pregnancy and postpartum.
For Your Baby
Recreational exercise decreases the chances of both premature labor and the birth of a very small baby.ii
Maternal exercise throughout gestation improves fetal heart health.iii
Upright positions and mobility during birth significantly lowered admissions to neonatal intensive care.iv
All aspects of growth and development after birth in babies from exercising mothers are equal to or better than those of babies from non-exercising mothers.v
At five years old, children whose mothers exercised during pregnancy scored much higher on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills.vi
Baby is 54% less likely to become distressed during labor/birth if mother is in an upright position.vii
For Your Birth
99% of women who were upright and mobile during birth said they would make the same choice again.viii
Healthy pregnant women are advised to get at least 2 ½ hours of aerobic exercise every week.i
Being upright during labor and birth can increase the available space within the mother’s pelvis by up to 30%.ix
Being upright and mobile during birth results in:x
• Shorter Labors (by more than an hour)
• 20% Fewer Epidurals
• 21% Fewer Episiotomies
• 23% Fewer Assisted deliveries (forceps, vacuum)
• 30% Fewer Cesareans
Women who use movement in labor report that it is an effective method of relieving pain.
For Your Health
Exercise helps prevent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), the most common medical complication of pregnancy.xi
Engagement in structured dance for 12 weeks decreases depression levels.xii
Dance promotes the release of endorphins known to decrease stress and alleviate pain.xiii
Dance reduces muscle tension and promotes relaxation.xiv
Dance improves communication and physical coordination.xv
Women who participated in a 12 month, 3 hour per week dance class had no evidence of expected bone loss, and those who had osteoporosis experienced increased bone density.xvi
Health Insurance Coverage
Catholic Health hospitals are able to bill your insurance company for many of the classes we provide. Most insurers, including Medicaid, cover the cost of almost all of our programs. Please contact your insurance provider to verify what coverage they offer.
In the event that your insurance does not cover all of the cost, you may receive a bill for the outstanding amount. If costs are an issue, please call (716) 601-3600 for additional assistance and payment options.
i Us Department of Health and Human Services
ii Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, by Klapp III
iii Aerobic exercise during pregnancy influences fetal cardiac, by May LE et al
iv Maternal Positions and Mobility During First Stage Labour, by Lawrence et al
v Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, by Klapp III
vi Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, by Klapp III
vii Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012, Position in the second stage of labor for women without epidural anaesthesia, by Gupta JK
viii Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Oct 9;10:CD003934. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003934.pub4. Maternal positions and mobility during first stage labour. Lawrence et al
ix Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012, Position in the second stage of labor for women without epidural anaesthesia, by Gupta JK
x Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Oct 9;10:CD003934. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003934.pub4. Maternal positions and mobility during first stage labour. Lawrence et al
xi The Role of Exercise in Reducing the Risks of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, by Sarah A Hopkins, Raul Artal
xii Randomized clinical controlled trial by Akandere and Demire (2011)
xiii Randomized clinical controlled trial by Akandere and Demire (2011)
xiv Blasing et al (2012)
xv Krampe (2013)
xvi Kudlacek et al
xvii Storton, S (2007). The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Evidence basis for the ten steps of mother-friendly care. 16(Suppl.1), 25s-27s.
xviii Dancing For Birth™ Participant Survey, 2015