Dance of the Womb, a beginner’s introduction to the ancient Arabic art of belly dance as a prenatal and birthing modality is an award winning (Living Now Book Awards Gold Medalist), world first book to explore the ENORMOUS physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of belly dance as a prenatal exercise and process during labour.
Dance of the Womb is MORE than just a detailed instruction manual for exercise in pregnancy, it is also a beautifully crafted story of Maha's own life!
Maha shares her personal journey from maiden to mother through the eyes of her East-West cultural perspective. Her tale of self-discovery is beautifully interwoven with the teaching of simple, practical prenatal belly dance moves.
By focusing on the heart of belly dance (which is traditionally a birth dance, NOT the cabaret style dancing for an audience that you are probably more used to seeing), Maha encourages all women across the globe to tune into their primal feminine power and innate birthing knowledge, following and using the dance movements to experience a safe and natural birth.
Dance of the Womb is a practical manual as well as a deeply personal and inspiring tale.
Dance can help us to “self-discover” and embody our “authentic nature” which is essential for birthing. Middle Eastern dance (or belly dance), specifically for birthing, at its core is a traditional dance of the feminine, hence I likes to call it the Dance of the Womb.
It is NOT the cabaret style dance or dancing for an audience that, so many are familiar with!
It is about taking the Earthy, grounded and feminine language of belly dancing and mindfully transforming it, to be a way to guide you into opening and surrendering through childbirth.
The book begins with a dedication to my grandmother Aminah who birthed 9 babies in our family birthing house in a small village in Palestine using the ancient movements of belly dance.
Or as I say "Dancing the Rhythm of Her Birthing Way".
It then moves forward from Aminah’s story, exploring my life's journey along with how the SIMPLE and PRACTICAL belly dance movements can be used as a prenatal exercising modality to practice during your pregnancy.
And help prepare and condition your body for childbirth, gifting you with a strong, energetic anchor to guide the opening of your pelvis during labour.
Towards the end of the book, I also offer 2 chapters demonstrating the BellydanceBirth® positions during active labour and a conversation with 3 wonderful midwives,
Sarah Doherty (mother of two sons, has been a midwife for more than fifteen years in Australia and Saudi Arabia. Her passion is home birth. She is also a rebirther, childbirth educator and body awareness teacher. She was responsible for designing pre and post natal programmes at a women’s hospital in Saudi Arabia in 2003).
Jayne Alder (mother of 4 specializing in pre and post natal midwife support. She has worked in Australia and Ireland doing both home and hospital midwifery). Jayne was my midwife when I birthed Aminah at home at age 46 and,
Ann Bernauer (midwife since 1985, mother of two sons born naturally at home and hospital. Has supported women in home birth, birth centres, hospital and is a childbirth educator. Semi-professional belly dancer since 1995 facilitating pregnant women in belly dance classes. Ann has in fact passed some of her experience on to me.)
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A MUST read for every woman on this planet whether pregnant and striving for a conscious birthing experience or not, to understand the following:
“Your body knows what to do in birth so allow and trust it.
Be prepared to assume responsibility in the birth of your baby.”
The book will shine a guiding light on YOUR personal journey with YOUR baby so you can surrender into your initiation with strength and confidence.
Dance of the Womb is a beautifully designed 280 page full colour book and has been endorsed by the National Association of Childbirth Educators Incorporated (NACE).
I read Maha’s book whilst in Rio during the carnivale. What a unique opportunity to realise that dance is the most archaic form of art! No wonder that Maha can associate belly dancing with an event that involves the most archaic structures of the human brain!
Dr. Michel Odent - MD, author and internationally renowned obstetrician working extensively in the area of child birth research, water birth and natural birth since the 1960s.
Maha Al Musa’s writing is rooted in her personal observation and understanding of Arab birth culture, for whom birth traditionally is a powerful dance, and in which women work with the pain. She interprets it to help women in childbirth. Maha, I love the way you write. It is so personal yet has universal significance.
Sheila Kitzinger - Author of more than 20 books, anthropologist, natural birth advocator and mother of five.
Maha Al Musa's descriptions of traditional Arab bellydancing in pregnancy and birth were inspiring - I have learnt a lot from her. The belly dance expresses the power of women to produce life. It is about connecting with the source of female sexuality.
Sheila Kitzinger - From her book Birth & Sex: The Power and the Passion
Dance of the Womb is a superb resource for pregnancy and birth helping to anchor us in our female body and to find the rhythm and power of our pelvis. Maha's delicious blend includes a simple guide to belly dance, her timeless birthing wisdom and her own amazing journey as woman, mother and dancer. Highly recommended.
Dr. Sarah J. Buckley - GP, family physician, mother of four children born at home, internationally renowned expert on pregnancy and childbirth
Maha Al Musa writes so eloquently and deliciously about the art of bellydance and its place in the birth experience. One cannot help but want to be pregnant and feel the emotion and power that emanates from this ancient art of birth dancing. Bellydancing for Birth takes on a consciousness and soul as Maha relates her personal spiritual journey of how destiny united her with bellydance for the miracle of birth. We realise in the end that we are all on our own spiritual journey and that birth is the ultimate Dance of the Womb.
Audrey McDonnell - Member, Board of Directors, Birth Works International
Having had 2 births a fair time ago now, I can see that Bellydancebirth® would have been an amazingly useful tool for me to help me connect with myself and trust my body to give birth without all the fear and negativity. It almost makes me wish I was pregnant again - just so I can try her methods. I highly recommend her book for every pregnant woman.
Nadia MacLeod - Creator, menstruation.com.au
I must say it is much more than I ever expected! The history, the stories, the depth is amazing. The emotional journey that you take the reader on is so powerful. Brilliant, so so brilliant. Thank you for empowering women and educating them, but most of all thank you for inspiring us to birth from within.
Nicki - Mother and Doula
Maha’s book is an absolute delight. Her story is so inspiring and all the ancient knowledge and wisdom she shares from her culture has given me confidence and reaffirmed my belief that women’s body know how to give birth, and that we should simply trust in the process.
Ceile Colares Machado - Mother, Massage Therapist & Yoga Teacher
I have this book and it is such an amazing testimony to birth and using dance as a prime mover during birth and the preparation before birth. Maha and her dance moves helped me so much during the birth of my second son. I was blessed to have her attend my birth. Her being there put me into a whole new mindset. We breathed and danced into every contraction. My second birth was so much quicker than my first. I totally recommend this book!
Beautiful book with an amazing approach of dancing for birth. I enjoyed and danced when pregnant. Highly recommended.
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My name is Maha Al Musa and I am the Founder of EmbodyBirthTM (One World Birth - Birth Heroes Award: Australia’s National Birth Hero), an Award Winning Author, a Speaker and a Mother to 3 beautiful children, all born as nature intended.
I gave birth to my last, my daughter Aminah, at age 46 – a home water lotus birth and breastfed her till she self weaned at 8.5 years. We have both been featured and interviewed on various TV shows (national and international), magazines and online publications.
Notable ones being;
– A Discovery Channel documentary (Shocking Breastfeeding)
– A short documentary for RTL Germany
– CNN International, Daily Mail UK, Huffington Post Canada and UK, Daily Telegraph, New York Post, Independent UK
– Sunrise TV, A Current Affair, The Morning Show, Inside Story Australia
– Woman’s Day, Take 5, New! UK
I have presented at numerous birth conferences including the Birth Keepers Summit in USA, The Human Rights in Childbirth Conference in India, Keynote Speaker at the China Annual Midwives Conference (Shandong Province, China) plus lectures at Elizabeth Private Maternity Hospital, Ghuanzhou, Zhongshan Xialan People’s Hospital, Zhongshan City and Southern Medical University, Ghuanzhou, events and seminars within Australia and internationally and spoken/been interviewed on various podcasts and online publications.
“A mother holds the key to Her birth with Her baby. EmbodyBirthTM affirms this knowing.”
Through my birth work I want to encourage EVERY woman/person with her baby to align with the innate birth intelligence that resides within her womb and trust in its guidance.
“The Living Book Is Within – Read Her”
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