There are many tools doulas have to be in support of the birthing woman, we need to be prepared to give the woman wants she wants and needs.
The rebozo is a beautiful tool for us.
The rebozo comes from Mexico and is has been used for generations as a tool to help assist the mother in labor, birth, and even to carry the child once they are earthside.
It can be used in pregnancy to support the pelvis and growing belly, especially to help prevent diastasis recti and support symphysis pubis dysfunction (which I had with my last two pregnancies...it sucks).
They are typically about 30 inches wide by about 6 feet long but they are as individual as the woman it is for. In many cases, a woven wrap (more common here is the States) can be used as a rebozo in labor.
I have used both shorter rebozos and long woven wraps and they definitely each have their benefits.
Shorter wraps are slightly easier to maneuver, mainly because they don't have all the extra fabric but in pregnancy, don't wrap around the belly and over the shoulders for relief. See picture below.
Longer wraps have more fabric and offer a lot of variation in movement because of that, but you are moving a lot of fabric around and when working in a hospital, it can drop on the floor (which may not bother other people as much as it bothers me but I try to avoid things on the floor in hospitals).
Below are some options for positions when using the rebozo while in labor.
Additionally, the rebozo can be used to help mom tune our the environment...either to tune into herself OR to connect with her partner.
As you can see from my photos, I have used 3 different rebozos in this work. The light green one....used with my amazing friend...is what is stored in my doula bag for when the mom is in labor.
The darker green is used in the my closing of the bones ceremony. A beautiful ceremony that encourages the mother to emotional and mentally transition from pregnancy to having a child (and is done for each child, not just the first).
The rebozo is a tool that links the generations of birthing mothers together. It isn't high tech...it isn't available only to the wealthy....it is for all women.
I don't have any pictures on hand to show how to use the short rebozo to carry a baby but I did carry Emily (my youngest) with a short rebozo for a stint. There is a learning curve, but think about the good energy of that rebozo....the one that supporting you while pregnant, helped you in labor, and then helped you carry that child while earthside.
As I wrote this, I felt the tone shift from feeling more clinical and removed to feeling more connected and heard. The is the energy of the rebozo.
If you are interested in booking me as your doula...or booking me to perform a closing of the bones ceremony...please visit my doula services page to learn more.