One Mom Deals With Labor Pains By Doing The ‘Tootsie Roll’ Dance (Video)

When your labor coach doubles as your dance coach, there’s a good chance you’re about to be an internet sensation.




“I know I shouldn’t be laughing as a husband… but she said she wanted to be famous, so I guess this is how you do it. Doing the ‘Tootsie Roll’ in labor,’ Connell Cloyd says in the video he took of his wife dancing her way through contractions.

The Tootsie Roll, butterfly and two step are just some of the moves Yuki Nishizawa busted out to battle labor pain during her unmedicated childbirth, much to the delight of the nursing staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

This is the second child for the couple, who are already parents to a two-year-old girl, Yume. And Cloyd says this isn’t the first time his wife has used the dance to get through labor.

“She was doing the ‘Tootsie Roll’ and dancing and having a good time,” he tells theBoston Globe, explaining he and Nishizawa were at a party right before Yume was born. “She started having contractions later. When we were in the delivery room, she’s like, ‘Well, I’ll just dance.’”

We’re extremely impressed; Nihizawa’s water breaks mid-song and she doesn’t even skip a beat. They welcomed their new son, Coji, around 1:30 am.

How did your labor experience compare? Nihizawa’s might be the most well-choreographed, but it’s certainly not the craziest birth story we’ve heard!

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