by Alejandra Lozano, LCCE, Midwife, Orgasmic Birth Community Manager
History of Rebozo
The Mexican Rebozo is a shawl used by Women in the Mesoamerican traditions. There are a lot of stories in this piece of clothing that has multiple qualities and many different uses.
To mention a few, the rebozo can support our bellies, carries almost everything, can give you a soft caress on your skin, balances your hips, keeps you warm and cozy, massages a tired body, and keeps the heart of a mom and baby together.
With thousands of different colors, it decorates your body and soul, It also brings a sense of belonging and connects you with your roots by being an ancestral garment.
There are many types of Rebozos in Mexico and each region has its own style of weaving their rebozos. The materials used depends on the region and climate. The rebozos of the highlands of Chiapas also have a very special aroma.
Rebozo in Midwifery
Midwives have used the rebozo for many years, we have adapted it to our practice as an extension of our hands. This is a knowledge that is shared from generation to generation. It’s based on oral tradition and ancient wisdom.
It’s an excellent comfort tool that can be used throughout all of the maternity. In some communities of Chiapas, Women wear a different rebozo for each daughter/son they have and these rebozos hold a special and unique meaning in the family.
It’s a pleasure to share some of the benefits and ways of using the rebozo during labor:
- The Rebozo Relaxes. Supporting the woman’s belly with the rebozo during the early phase of labor and pregnancy can help to loosen and relax ligaments (the round ligament for example) and muscles from the pelvis that may be tense, this can help the start of labor to be more simple and fluid. It’s important to note that when the woman relaxes it can also facilitate a good positioning of the baby in the pelvis.
- The Rebozo Moves Your Body. We can hug the pelvis with the rebozo and give it some small rhythmic movements. This could help the woman to enter in a state of trance, in which the body would move from one side to the other smoothly, to gradually focus on breathing and rhythm, both necessary to be able to handle the different sensations of birth as intensity progresses.
- The Rebozo Offers A Warm & Private Space. We can spray the rebozo with an essence or fresh aroma, and enjoy it while we feel how it surrounds us and contains us. It can help us find the darkness we need in a very bright space. Getting into ourselves to find the path of birth can be a way to connect with our body and baby during labor.
The effect of the rebozo can be extremely relaxing and a relaxing experience will always bring us feelings of pleasure, love and well-being.