Maha Al Musa is the CEO and founder of EmbodyBirth™, Bellydance For Birth – Al Musa Method®, BellydanceBirth® also described as Mindful Movement To Awaken Birth Wisdom. She is teaching her EmbodyBirth™ program around the world to birth professionals, yoga teachers, childbirth educators, nurses, doctors, doulas, midwives and all involved in the birthing arena.
The EmbodyBirth™ program was conceived out of a need for women to have another perspective and pathway of childbirth philosophy alongside the medical model. The basic tenement of the program is to view birth within a compassionate and understanding framework where mother and baby are at the centre of the experience.
EmbodyBirth™ invites a woman to come home to her own hands, heart, womb and baby. Aligning with the feminine language of birth ensures that we will see birth as a rite of passage – a pinnacle journey that women embrace and not fear. Here we have an opportunity for growth and transformation where feelings can be faced and experienced in an authentic way. A wonderful precursor to the initiation that is motherhood.
When we can view birth as a deeply embodied, loving experience that accepts all we are in every unfolding moment we heal birth. EmbodyBirth™ chooses to hold a woman in this love essence so she can experience every emotion that arises in safe space. The program encourages us to nurture and accept with non-judgemental inclusivity a woman with her baby, so she can be all she needs to be in every unfolding moment. There is no greater gift we can offer as care providers than to create environments where a birthing mother can genuinely be seen, heard and understood in her authenticity.
The secret of birth is that when we hold a woman in love her body will more easily open.
So, EmbodyBirth™ pre-natal classes are designed to provide sacred, safe space for women to connect deeply with their emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic bodies to know that all they feel and who they are is valid. When a woman can feel herself with her baby in this place of autonomy and safety she is more likely to birth with confidence, inner strength and self-reliance.
The pathway to truly EmbodyBirth™ in Maha’s program, is through the ancient art of BellydanceBirth®.
Maha created BellydanceBirth® or Mindful Movement To Awaken Birth Wisdom inspired from the movements of the bellydance in its role as a birthing dance. It is a safe and effective dance expression that supports women throughout pregnancy and labour providing a natural birthing technique that encourages active birth at its most feminine – Bellydance For Birth Arabic Style.
Middle Eastern Dance has evolved over time, traversed many lands and has been labelled, restructured, extended, and fused with other dance styles. A predominantly woman’s dance it would have been passed from mothers to daughters to preserve its sacredness and honour its connections to birth and fertility.
‘A Bedouin Arab girl learns a pelvic dance during the puberty and will belly dance, when she is in labour. The belly dance represents the power of women to produce life.’ – Sheila Kitzinger1
1. Sheila Kitzinger, Rediscovering Birth, Little, Brown and Company (UK) 2000