Getting into position
Stand facing your birth partner. Put your arms around his shoulders and neck, resting your head on his chest. Your partner needs to place his arms around you and clasp his hands at your back. Sway your hips together, just as if you were slow dancing.
How does it work?
Swaying your hips rhythmically helps ease pain, speeds up the first stage of labour and encourages your baby to move deeper into your pelvis. “Gravity will help your baby move down and settle into the right position for birth,” says midwife Megan Baker. “This position also offers intimacy with your partner and lets him support your weight.”