"What is a rebozo" you ask? By definition, a rebozo is a simple piece of fabric. It originates from the Mexican culture. It varies in length and width depending on the use. In Mexico, these special cloths are used from birth, throughout life, and into death. The heritage of the rebozo is deep.
I attended a class this weekend to learn more about how to use the rebozo in pregnancy, labor, and birth. The one thing that stood out to me the most was how beautifully the rebozo incorporates the partner. So many times partners are afraid the doula will take their place, or are uncertain of what they can do to help the laboring woman. Never fear, the rebozo is here!
Prenatally the expecting woman and her partner can practice relaxation and comfort measures with the rebozo. "Under the tent" they will find intimacy and absence of distraction. They can discuss the day as the rebozo is used in "roving body relaxation" and massage. As the rebozo is used prenatally, it becomes associated with peace and relaxation so that it evokes those same feelings when used in labor.
In labor, the rebozo can be useful in techniques to relieve back pain (without causing the partner pain!). Again it can be used to block out distraction and bring the same relaxation practiced prenatally. This is a very concrete, hands on way for the partner to participate in labor. It is a way to bring the laboring couple close, both physically and emotionally.
Have you ever wondered, "Exactly HOW do I push, WHERE do I push?" We can use the rebozo during this part of the birth process to help focus pushing efforts and bring your baby down and out. The rebozo can support the laboring woman as she squats to birth. It can be used in bed, in the tub, sitting, standing, squatting.
The rebozo is a versatile tool that will become a beloved symbol of peace, strength, support, and intimacy throughout pregnancy and beyond. I am now offering an add-on rebozo package to my complete labor doula package. This will include an additional 2-3 hour prenatal visit where I will show you how to use the rebozo, a written guide of different positions and techniques, and a new rebozo for you to keep. Contact me today to learn more about this new offering.