In part one I mentioned the use of carriers to alleviate prodromal labor, using belly binding to tip the baby onto the cervix to trigger the Ferguson Reflex and establish contractions and the urge to push. Gina Crosley-Corcoran, of The Feminist Breeder fame describes how she used a child-size ring sling to support her belly at the end of her pregnancy, during prodromal labor, here.
Rebozo has been instrumental in educating women and birth attendants on how to use simple pieces of cloth (including the beautifully woven rebozo wraps) to support a laboring woman. In this interactive page Rebozo details fourteen carrier positions for birthing support.
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In this video Jun-Nicole Matsushita of Bamboo Birth and Katherine Parker Bryden, both local doulas, demonstrate how a wrap (a HUGS selandang) can be used to support a birthing woman in a hospital setting. Jun-Nicole has published a book about movement and using slings during pregnancy, “Birth Movement“.