What is a Rebozo?
A rebozo is a long flat garment used by women mostly in Mexico. It can be worn in various ways, usually folded or wrapped around the head and/or upper body to shade from the sun, provide warmth and as an accessory to an outfit. It is also used to carry babies and large bundles, especially among indigenous women. Traditional rebozos are handwoven from cotton, wool, silk and rayon in various lengths but all have some kind of pattern and have fringe, which can be finger weaved into complicated designs.
How does this help in labor?
A rebozo is an extention of the partner or doula's arms and embrace. It allows the partner to help support the laboring mother's weight so she doesn't have to. It can also help to ensure the mother is in the right position. The rebozo can provide support, comfort, relaxation, and assist with getting the baby into optimal fetal positioning for birth.
The rebozo can be used in labor in between contractions for sifting or jiggling. Rebozo sifting relaxes muscles that the mother can't relax herself. It can relax tight ligaments and may help a baby rotate in pregnancy or a mother labor more easily, and help a birthing woman relax into her labor.
It looks a little strange, but it feels SO GOOD!
I have taken rebozo classes with both Guadelupe Trueba, of DONA International and Gena Kirby.