A hilarious new viral video shows mom Yuki Nishizawa dancing and twerking her way through labor to the tune of Tootsee Roll. Would you do this in the delivery room?
Can twerking take away labor pains? Well, it certainly can't hurt!
Mom-to-be Yuki Nishizawa was in labor Tuesday at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery when she starting dancing to both pass the time and move the whole labor process along. The Tokyo native started twerking, so her husband started recording to share with friends watching on social media.
"It's all authentic," her husband, Connell Cloyd, told the Boston Globe. "She said put on some music. I said, 'OK, we should crank it up.'"
The 36-year-old special education teacher moved through a few different dances—including the Cupid Shuffle and a little twerking—while the nursing staff and her husband looked on. And it worked! Her water broke during the short clip.
"She was doing the 'Tootsee Roll' and dancing and having a good time," Cloyd told the Globe, of the birth of their first daughter Yumi. "She started having contractions later. When we were in the delivery room, she's like, 'Well, I'll just dance.'"
Moms have actually used dance as part of the childbirth process for centuries. British anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger told The Washington Post that belly dancing started as both a method of seduction and a way for women to prepare their bodies for childbirth. The fluid movements are thought to put the baby in the right position and relax the pelvic floor.
It certainly helped Nishizawa: She brought their son, Coji, into the world around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. And though they only intended to share the now-viral video with friends and family, they're hoping that its popularity helps other women ease a little bit of the pain that comes with bringing beautiful babies into the world.
"I hope she inspires a lot of women to go natural and dance it on out," the proud father said.