How to Shake the Apple Tree
The labor position can be standing, hands-and-knees, Forward-leaning Inversion, or Open-knee Chest. Or, you can simply lean over a counter/dresser or another similar piece of furniture.
This can be done with your hands evenly on the buttocks and giving the buttocks a long, rhythmical and mild shake. Jiggle as long as 10-20 minutes if the birthing woman finds this pleasant. Check in with them to make sure your efforts are relaxing!
Warning: Never shake the abdomen or even the hips vigorously. There’s a baby there! Learn more here.
Partera Angelina Martinez was my influence. And although I learned it from her it was long enough ago where I’m sure I have changed her traditional methods along the way (which matters). As a student I assumed everyone knew how to use a Rebozo. I use it between contractions for at least 3 to 15 minutes. I’ll use the couch or bed as an incline as well. She was awesome. I’d love to sit with her and learn again knowing what I know now. I’ve never called it anything in particular.
Love you, Gail!
–Nicole Franklin Morales
CPM, Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer