There’s a possibility that the “Tootsee Roll” has never been in someone’s birth plan before. But Boston woman Yuki Nishitzawa, 36, just changed that.

To alleviate labor pains during an unmedicated childbirth at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery on Tuesday, Nishitzawa danced as her water broke and beyond. Her husband, Connell Cloyd, posted the videos of her dancing to Facebook and the videos have been viewed over a million times since.

“It’s all authentic,” Cloyd, 35, said. “She said put on some music. I said, ‘OK, we should crank it up.’” Their son, Coji, was born around 1:30 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces.


With their first child — their daughter, Yume, now 2 — Cloyd said he and Nishitzawa were at a birthday party during the day and she was dancing with friends.

“She was doing the ‘Tootsee Roll’ and dancing and having a good time. She started having contractions later. When we were in the delivery room, she’s like, ‘Well, I’ll just dance.’”

She danced to the ‘Tootsee Roll’ for Yume’s delivery, and when when it was time to play some music with the birth of Coji, Nishitzawa asked for the song again.

“We were laughing about it and I took some videos, thinking our friends on Facebook will think this is funny. I never thought it’d get this big.”

Nishitzawa held Coji on Thursday morning.
Nishitzawa held Coji on Thursday morning.Connell Cloyd

Cloyd and Nishitzawa have been together for 10 years, married for four. Neither is a Boston native — he is from Memphis and she is from Tokyo — but they’ve settled down in Mattapan together, and both are schoolteachers. He said as teachers — he teaches seventh grade math and she teaches high school special education — they are always performing.

“I hope she inspires a lot of women to go natural and dance it on out,” said Cloyd.


Watch another video here:

In the first video her water breaks while doing the “Cupid Shuffle”:

Prenatal ritual!

Posted by Connell Cloyd on Tuesday, August 18, 2015