I learned about rebozos from Naoli Vinaver. I often take a few to workshops, in my teaching basket. And not just because they’re great shawls for wearing on planes and to take on and off when you’re going from one climate to another. But I like to include a couple of easy-to-remember rebozo techniques for occasional use at births.
For me, the word occasional is the most important one in that last sentence. Women’s bodies really do know how to give birth, and most of the time we don’t need any of these tricks and tools that we carry around, be they rebozos, amnihooks or peppermint oil.
I often wonder how many women would be better off if we all spent more time sitting on – or perhaps knitting with – our hands and I like to talk about how the Mexican midwives use their rebozos as an everyday item of clothing (to keep them warm while knitting) and as an only occasional low-tech tool to help keep things normal.
That said, low-tech tools can be useful now and again, and if you’ve heard about rebozos and want to know more, I am today sharing a few resources which you might find useful, both on my site and elsewhere.
British midwife Jude Davis has been teaching rebozo skills, and she has recently donated her time in order to make a series of free videos for women and midwives who want to learn when certain techniques can be used and how to do them correctly. Her site is at http://midwifejude.com/ Jude has also written an article about the use of rebozo in an NHS setting.
I also have a bookmark in this brief but lovely video of a workshop led by Naolí, who taught me how to use a rebozo. You can visit Naoli’s website (which is in Spanish) at http://nacimientonatural.com/
There aren’t loads of good books on the use of rebozos yet, but one that I have seen and liked is by Dutch doulas and childbirth educators Thea van Tuyl and Mirjam de Keijzer. They have now translated this and made it available in English as well as Dutch. You can see and buy their book from www.rebozo.nl/ and they have also written a blog post sharing the story of how they came to write the book.
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Photo credits: Mexican woman by Phillip Martin (License).