This exercise is especially helpful for relieving pain in the lower back. This exercise may be done during or between contractions.
Movement is a slow and rhythmic rocking. It may be done actively by the mother or passively by the support person, but the objective is the same: to tilt the mother’s pelvis backward.
Active Pelvic Rock Position
Mother is on hands and knees, lying on side, sitting, or standing.
Passive Pelvic Rock Position
Mother is in side-lying position, while support person either faces mother’s front and applies pressure to mother’s lower back while pushing against her iliac crest (hip); or, support person faces mother’s back and applies pressure to mother’s lower back while pulling back on her iliac crest (hip).