Nurse-Midwifery M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Clark, Renee


Labor dance utilizes upright positioning, hands and knees position, use of the rebozo and other alternative labor and birth positions as a traditional means of taking advantage of gravity and increasing the pelvic diameter in labor and birth. Despite recommendations by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) supporting such positions, promotion and use of labor dance remain in the margins of labor and birth experiences for most women. This literature review finds that labor dance increases safety, sovereignty and satisfaction in the labor and birth experience for women. Further, this simple tool can be used to improve the birth experiences for all women.

Degree Name

M.S. Nurse-Midwifery

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis