When we started SoftBirth, our aim was to create a ‘whole birth environment’ for active birth settings. Today we are one step closer with the exciting introduction of our new range of Rebozo Slings.
Midwives, if you haven’t yet utilised a sling to assist a woman in labour, you may be surprised to learn how versatile and successful they can be in assisting birth. Look out for our next Blog: Midwives – 7 Tips and Tricks for Using Softbirth Rebozo Slings.
The rebozo, of Mexican origin, is a long shawl-like strip of tightly woven, colourful fabric. It has been used traditionally by generations of indigenous women to carry babies, wrap the belly during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and of course as a tool during labour and birth. It is also handy for protection from the sun, not that those of us residing in Europe need that at the moment!
An increasing number of maternity units and birth centres are installing rebozo slings and running workshops on how to use them to facilitate birth, although there have previously been limited options on the market suitable for use in such rigorous environments. After much research we believe we have found the perfect solution, marrying form and function, and today we are launching a beautiful range of sling fabrics to match every colour scheme, plus a strong, easily installed ceiling mount system to hang them from.
A rebozo used during all stages of labour provides an aid to help the mother assume helpful, supported positions which relieve pressure, offer comfort and assist in optimising foetal position.
We know that the average Midwife Led Unit or Birth Centre sees thousands of births a year with thousands of different women. Therefore quality and functionality were our first priorities when putting our prototype slings through their paces.
The tensile strength of the fabrics have been tested using a variety of weights and techniques up to 175 kilos. (We recommend double looping the fabric through the caribiner clip for maximum strength).
All our slings are a generous six meters in length, giving plenty of length for loops and knots. They are manufactured in a beautiful series of jacquard weave cottons with a minimum fabric weight of 280gsm for extra luxury and durability.
SoftBirth sling fabrics are cotton or cotton blend and have been wash tested to 60°C with no noticeable loss of colour and a shrinkage allowance of just 3%.
Made in the UK by experienced metalworkers, our purpose made steel ceiling mount and caribiner clips are virtually indestructible, yet incredibly easy to fit at a fraction of the price of other mounted fittings currently on the market, leaving you room to spend your budget on other home comforts