The biomechanics of rebozo for birth webinar

A class to learn about the principles and effects of rebozo techniques, and how and why they support an easier birth

A webinar for professionals and parents who want to learn how to use a rebozo to support labour and birth

Picture a mother in labour. Contractions are uneven. She feels pain her hips or back. She starts to push, but after a while there are no signs of baby. A vaginal examination finds her to be ‘only’ 6cm dilated, with a back to back baby. She is strongly advised to have an epidural so that she can stop pushing. She is exhausted and in pain and the promise of relief and rest is too tempting to refuse. The baby doesn’t rotate and is born by forceps or caesarean.
Does this sound familiar?

What if we told you there was a better way?

If you have had enough of witnessing birth taking longer than the prescribed timing from maternity guidelines, and of seeing obstetric interventions that go against biomechanics being offered as the only solution (how exactly is lying on your back going to help a malpositioned baby rotate?). If you have had enough of seeing new mothers blame themselves for it, there is a better way.

You can use a rebozo shawl as a positional and movement aid to provide comfort and help gently encourage progress and positioning effectively and safely.

Being present at long protracted births in the past was what that led Sophie to learn rebozo techniques.

Rebozo techniques support the labour process wonderfully. A short jiggle with a rebozo can help babies to turn by themselves in record time. We have seen women being told they needed to have a cesarean, easily birth their babies within an hour.

We want to share these techniques with you in our webinar The Biomechanics of Rebozo for Birth.

In this class, we will share stories and tutorials that demonstrate how simple and effective these techniques can be, and why they work so well.


What does the webinar contain?

  • A historical background of rebozo techniques for labour
  • Why rebozo techniques can help shift things when labour gets stuck
  • Birth stories to illustrate how these techniques help labour progress
  • Videos showing  how some of the techniques are done
  • Biomechanical explanations about what the techniques do
  • Further learning options

By the end of this class, you will know why a rebozo can be the most effective and versatile tool in your birth bag. You will also know how to access further knowledge and training in these techniques.

We will give you links to free resources, and will also tell you about our online and face to face training courses, and will include a special offer for people attending the class.

Who is this class for?

This class is for birth professionals and for parents who want to learn how to use a rebozo to support physiological birth and understand the reasons why it is so effective

What makes this class special?

Sophie Messager and Shellie Poulter are joining forces in offering a unique blend of scientific, theoretical and practical experience. Sophie and Shellie both have extensive experience in using and teaching rebozo techniques face to face and remotely.

About the instructors

Sophie Messager

Sophie worked as a doula since from 2012 to 2022. She has a diploma in antenatal education and spent several years teaching antenatal classes. Sophie has been facilitating workshops for birth professionals for over ten years. She knows how to present information in a way that is entertaining, easy to follow, and which allows students to learn easily and enjoyably, as well as apply what they have learnt in the class.

Prior to being a perinatal educator, Sophie gained a PhD in Physiology of Reproduction and spent 20 years working as a biology research scientist. She is the author of the book Why Postnatal Recovery Matters, published by Pinter and Martin.

Shellie Poulter

Shellie qualified in osteopathic and naturopathic medicine, cranio-sacral osteopathy and modern acupuncture in 2005 and has been practicing ever since. She lectured at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine for four years in mechanical and visceral osteopathic techniques as well as advanced massage. Shellie is passionate about good quality teaching and runs low cost monthly Bitesize Birth online Lectures which cover all things related to birth anatomy and physiology, in a trauma informed way and provides a safe space for case discussion and reflection of practice amongst birth workers. Shellie offers both in person teaching of biomechanics techniques, hands on and with rebozo as well as online training.

Shellie has been working and volunteering as a full spectrum doula for 17 years now and mentors many doulas on their journey. She works with The Happy Baby Community, supporting refugees birthing in London and is passionate about birth rights and supporting Anatomy & Physiology.

How long is the webinar?

The class lasts 90 min

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