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Old 07-16-2009, 09:48 AM   #15
Elisabeth Groeneveld
Dojo: Aïkikaï de l'Université Laval
Location: Ste-Catherine-de-la-J.-C., Québec
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3
Re: Aikido and pregnancy

As a follow up to my previous post...

Emerick Jan Peter Olson was born at home on June 24th, 2009, weighing 8 lbs 11 oz and measuring 20".

A funny note about uses of aikido techniques to help with labour: Towards the end of this intense labour I paced back and forth clutching my husband's arms - master bedroom - hall- kid's room - turn - kid's room - hall - master bedroom - repeat. The space was small, and my eyes were shut. In a calm moment between contractions, I suddenly realized that Jonathan, my aikidoka husband, was steering me around furniture using a double yonkyo! This was both immensly funny and unfair. I had him remove his watch so I could return the technique between contractions. The joys of being an aiki-couple!
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