Photo Of Woman’s Bones Moving At Birth Has Internet Marveling At The Human Body
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Oct 2019
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Childbirth is when the body is stretched to extremes. It’s an enduring experience for the mother-to-be, disconcerting to onlookers, but all in all, a beautiful phenomenon that illustrates the design and strength of human anatomy.
Internet users are therefore in awe of a photograph showing a woman preparing for labor. Shared by Louisiana-based Tangi Birth Services, the picture sees her lower spine protruding.
The bulge is actually the Rhombus of Michaelis, a kite-shaped bone that contracts during the second stage of labor, increasing the pelvis’s diameters and creating more space for the baby’s shoulders.
Some viewers have remarked that while they have given birth before, they have never fully grasped why their backs would hurt during labor.
“This is amazing,” one Instagram user writes. “I didn’t know this. But now that it has been brought to my attention, I can relate!”
Another comments, “And that, dear ladies, is why our backbones hurt after giving birth. Who knew?”
The fascinating moment has been captured in the photo below.
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Our bodies are AMAZING!!! I love witnessing its majesty! This second time mom had a precipitous/rapid birth and used chiropractic care throughout her pregnancy & postpartum @cafeoflifedallas “The rhombus of Michaelis (sometimes called the quadrilateral of Michaelis) is a kite-shaped area that includes the three lower lumber vertebrae, the sacrum and that long ligament which reaches down from the base of the scull to the sacrum. This wedge-shaped area of bone moves backwards during the second stage of labour and as it moves back it pushes the wings of the ilea out, increasing the diameters of the pelvis. We know it’s happening when the woman’s hands reach upwards (to find something to hold onto, her head goes back and her back arches. It’s what Sheila Kitzinger (1993) was talking about when she recorded Jamaican midwives saying the baby will not be born ‘till the woman opens her back’. I’m sure that is what they mean by the ‘opening of the back’. “The reason that the woman’s arms go up is to find something to hold onto as her pelvis is going to become destabilised. This happens as part of physiological second stage; it’s an integral part of an active normal birth. If you’re going to have a normal birth you need to allow the rhombus of Michaelis to move backwards to give the baby the maximum amount of space to turn his shoulders in. Although the rhombus appears high in the pelvis and the lower lumbar spine when it moves backwards, it has the effect of opening the outlet as well. “When women are leaning forward, upright, or on their hands and knees, you will see a lump appear on their back, at and below waist level. It’s much higher up than you might think; you don’t look for it near her buttocks, you look for it near her waist. (Text credit @Dr Sarah Wickham) 📸 North Dallas Doula Associates #chiropractor #chiropracticadjustment #chiropractic #bestdoulasindallas #northdallasdoulas #ndda #childbirth #unmedicated #naturalbirth #birth @TLC @Discovery @taprootdoula @birthwithoutfear
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