Produced by: Maha Al Musa
First Released: October 2009
Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Maha Al Musa proudly presents her DVD, Dance of the Womb – A Gentle Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth that accompanies her world’s first award winning book of the same name released in 2008. Maha’s DVD was produced when she was naturally pregnant at 45 and gave birth at 46 years of age!
This award winning and truly rare and inspiring resource is perfect for all pregnant women and all professionals working with pregnant women worldwide.
Maha is of authentic Middle Eastern origin, a mother of three, an independent childbirth educator, doula, author, international speaker and founder and creator of EmbodyBirth™ and BellydanceBirth®.
Dance of the Womb – A Gentle Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth is a truly profound prenatal health and well being exercise programme that honours birth as a sacred rite of passage. The DVD is a vital source of pregnancy and birthing information that is suitable for all pregnant mothers/persons worldwide. The DVD supports women to birth through their fears, to gain confidence and connection to their body and their baby, whilst speaking the language of the feminine.
No previous dance experience is necessary!
The DVD features a 45-minute gentle dance/stretch warm up and six BellydanceBirth® dance exercises in which Maha guides the viewer through a passionate, meditative and easy to follow prenatal belly dance programme with clear and gentle instructions. This unique dance programme is designed to inspire women in pregnancy; alleviating fears and encouraging trust in the beauty of their body’s birthing wisdom.
The dance programme is accompanied by a special bonus feature, documenting Maha’s natural home water lotus birth at 46 years of age using BellydanceBirth® techniques, and is interwoven with an inspiring and informative conversation with two midwives. A truly rare and special event to witness!
“Remember you are never alone on this journey; draw strength from the sap of the tree of knowledge passed from woman to woman…surrender and soften…as you dance to the rhythm of the music as you give birth to the rhythm of your body and the rhythm of Life.” ~ Maha
***Disclaimer: Recommended for 14 weeks and over. The techniques demonstrated in this DVD are those generally recommended for safe practice during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor, midwife or caregiver before commencing these dance techniques and/or exercises. Always exercise at your own pace. Stop immediately if you feel any pain, become breathless or overheat. Stay well hydrated.
PRAISE AND PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
“The DVD, Dance of the Womb is an inspiring, informative and gentle journey into belly dancing for birth and beyond which can be enjoyed by pregnant women, midwives, doulas and childbirth educators alike.
Maha ‘walks her talk’ when sharing with us the amazing birth of her third child at 46 years young.
This DVD will, I’m sure, give women the freedom and confidence to trust their bodies to let go and allow themselves to discover their own rhythm in their labour and birth.”
– Endorsed by the “Australia Doula College” and the “National Association of Childbirth Educators Australia”, 2009.
“Your belly dance book and DVD are simply wonderful. I have mentioned them in the revised edition of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, which will be released in June 2010. You have done the world a huge service with this work. And the production values on the DVD are outstanding! Sincerely.”
– Christiane Northrup, MD
“Dance of the Womb, both book and DVD, would have to be the most captivating work I have seen in a long time. The stretches, the moves bring bellydance to life and will inspire many who participate not only for pregnancy but for life. The National Association of Childbirth Educators Product Endorsement panel were unanimous in our decision to endorse both book and DVD. They are excellent resources. Good luck Maha.”
– Dr. Jane Svensson, Chair of Further Education Committee, NACE
“From a medical perspective, ‘Dance of the Womb DVD’ is a beautiful journey toward our expression of the feminine, which is lovingly expressed by Maha Al Musa as she dances her way through her own pregnancy and birth. Her joyous telling of this process enables women to regain what has been lost of our ancient heritage and find our inner nature and abilities. Watching them performing the gentle rhythmical movements shown by Maha can enhance muscle strength and flexibility, helping a woman to align her baby in her pelvis and encouraging pelvic muscle relaxation and blood flow. The active and passive components of the gentle dances help pelvic floor toning, which assists in the birthing process and reduces injury. As well, the confidence gained using these natural calming movements enhances self esteem and respect and love of our bodies as well as increased joy in birthing, our babies, and our femininity. Thank you again for your enthusiasm and love Maha.”
– Dr Debbie Mortimer, Medical Practitioner, Mullumbimby NSW