Pregnant? Eager for a natural birth? Then start shaking these hips.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
"...some women disillusioned with routine use of drugs and medical interventions during labor are turning to an unusual solution -- belly dancing. They're restoring the titillating dance of seduction -- frequent entertainment fare in night clubs and Middle Eastern restaurants -- to what they say were its origins in childbirth, while enhancing maternity wards with swirling motions and mesmerizing music."
I see. Now American women are "restoring" belly dancing to its origins. They are rescuing it from the degradation it has fallen into, becoming a "titillating dance of seduction" at night clubs and Middle Eastern restaurants and taking it back to its origins as a child birth technique. For apparently many of the belly dance moves are preparing for child birth.
Damn! I had no idea!
Neither did my mother and grandmothers before me!
If they only knew! If I only knew! For you see, I did give birth once and I belly danced more than once. I just never thought of combining the two activities. Till now. Had I known, I would have just said no to that epidural (which until this morning I thought was the best thing invented since mjaddara) and just shook my hips till my baby made a grand theatrical entrance, kicking his heels in some great dabkeh moves.
I have no problem with women delivering their babies to Amr Dyab music (on second thoughts maybe it's not a good idea). But can we please be spared the heroic tales about "restoring" belly dance to its lofty origins?
And to prove that I'm not being peevish, territorial, or closed minded, here's one of my favorite Egyptian belly dancers, Taheya Carioka, with some cool birthing tips (please consult your doctor before trying at home):