Dance for a healthy birth
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Nov 22, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Dance for a healthy birth

Ottawa East News

Women can now dance their way through pregnancy.

Bridlewood resident Zoia Nikolova decided to start up a dance class for expecting women.

“I felt there was a need for a class like this for pregnant women,” said Nikolova.

She said she heard about the class and felt it was something Ottawa-area women could use to optimize their pregnancy.

Already popular in the United States, Dancing for Birth started in St. Louis, Missouri. Just now gaining in Canada, the class supports women throughout their pregnancies and post-partum.

“The dance class uses all kinds of forms; belly dance, African dance, Latin dance,” said Nikolova. “It’s a combination of dances from all over the world.”

No experience is required to sign up.

The classes also include educational information in regards to pregnancy and labour, she said.

“It gives moms a support group,” said Nikolova about the prenatal classes.

Nikolova is a doula, similar to a midwife. She said she provides personal support throughout pregnancy, labour and birth.

“The pregnant women I’ve been working with usually say there are only a few classes they can find; aqua fit, prenatal yoga,” she said. “This gives them a different, fun way of exercising.”

The classes promote optimal fetal positioning in order to have a shorter, easier labour.

“I just want to bring more awareness to women in the area,” said Nikolova.

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