Forget breathing classes: The new way to prepare for childbirth is to brush up on your dance skills. Watch this new mom do the Whip/Nae Nae by Silento through labor.
When Atlanta nurse midwife Angelina Ruffin advised her pregnant patient to do squats in order to prepare for childbirth, she never imagined she'd come back to find this.
"I went looking for my patient to see how she was doing with her squatting. This is what I found in between contraction," Ruffin wrote on YouTube of the mom-to-be's dance to rapper Silento's "Whip/Nae Nae." "Get that baby down mommy!"
The very pregnant woman danced in her hospital gown and yellow socks with two other women serving as her back-up dancers. The trio looked like they were having a blast, even though her cervix was already dilated to 6 centimeters, according to Ruffin.
And "keeping it moving helps," Ruffin later wrote on the Ob/GYN & Midwife Associates Facebook page: The new mom delivered a 9-lb., 6.5-ounce baby girl "with no tears."
Some Facebook commenters expressed disbelief that a mom in active labor would be dancing, but Ruffin added that "everyone's pain tolerance is different. This was a determined mommy who did not want a C-section."
And this Georgia mom isn't the only woman to achieve viral fame this summer by dancing through contractions. Another new mom, Yuki Nishizawa, did the Tootsie Roll and the Cupid Shuffle at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery earlier this summer to pass the time and ease her own pain.
"It's all authentic," Nishizawa's husband, Connell Cloyd, told the Boston Globe. "She said put on some music. I said, 'OK, we should crank it up.' She started having contractions later. When we were in the delivery room, she's like, 'Well, I'll just dance.'"
Dancing has been used through the centuries as a birthing tool that helps relax the pelvic floor muscles and prepares the body for labor—and, as these women show, it makes labor a lot more fun!