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Is belly dancing in pregnancy safe and beneficial? The views of two expert panels

Nolan, Mary and Godwin, Rebecca (2022) Is belly dancing in pregnancy safe and beneficial? The views of two expert panels. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 13 (2). pp. 167-177. ISSN 2040-2457 Online: 2040-2465

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This article describes a study of the impact of belly dancing on women’s experience of pregnancy, labour and birth. In order to identify the core movements of belly dancing suitable for pregnant women, an expert panel of belly dance teachers was convened. Next, based on the teachers’ consensus, a video demonstrating the core movements was produced. Finally, a second expert panel was convened, comprising midwives and childbirth educators, who were asked to comment on the video from their professional standpoints. The panel considered that the movements demonstrated were safe and would help with pregnancy ailments such as back-ache, pelvic discomfort, constipation, sleeplessness and anxiety and that belly dancing would assist pregnant women’s mental health, positive self-image and confidence in their bodies to give birth. The relational aspect of belly dancing in terms of building a sisterhood of women making the transition to motherhood was also noted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: birth ritual, core movements, labour, safety, pregnancy ailments, self-image, relationality
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Copyright Info: © 2022 Intellect Ltd Article
Depositing User: Mary Nolan
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2022 10:28
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022 10:29

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