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 or by wrapping a traditional Mexican Rebozo across the buttocks and giving the ends a shake. Jiggle for about 20 minutes. Listen to the birthing person to make sure your efforts are relaxing!
Warning: Never shake your abdomen vigorously. There’s a baby there!
Shake the Apple Tree Stories
MT Conference Oaxaca 2002.
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
I was taught a technique in my doula training that was called “apfel-schtuken” (if I remember correctly). Sounds like it might mean “stuck apple” in German. Anyway, it was where the mom was on hands-and-knees rocking forward and backwards. As her doula, I was positioned behind her and when she was at the closest point to me in her rocking, I gave both her sitz bones a gentle yet firm “thunk,” sending her forward again. It’s a little awkward to do, but I got a baby to get out of a funky position he was lodged into using that technique. Sometimes apples need a little help, ya know!
Massage Therapist, Doula