Woman dances her way through labor pains at Pennsylvania hospital

Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 12:10:44-04

YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- WellSpan York Hospital is changing the way women go through labor.

The hospital is introducing a 5-minute dance video for moms-to-be as a part of a new labor initiative, helping women dance their way to the delivery room.

It features nurses, doctors and hospital staff having fun dancing to choreographed moves for women in labor to watch and follow along in their room.

"For them to be by your side constantly checking in on you and for them to get up and dance with you that's a whole other experience," Emily Kahn said.

"It makes you feel closer,  I feel really close to them," she added.

Midwife Christa Bamburg said a big part of pain management is distraction.

"It gives you the chance to not focus only on the pain and when you're on the bed it's easy to easy to focus on that," Bamburg said.

"It's a stressful process seeing your significant other in a lot of pain, and there's nothing you can really do about it so this is awesome," Emily's husband Mo Kahn said.

The mom-to-be said she plans on dancing until her baby boy makes his debut.

"His name is going be Issac Khan, and I cannot wait to meet him," she said.