The question of how narrative is transmitted is to my understanding one of the biggest concerns of folklorists. For me, how narrative is interpreted and understood is perhaps a more fertile space for inquiry; However, I have not spent much time thinking about how one performs understanding. I was brought into this way of knowing when the TBA's spontaneously began to embody labor support techniques.
After a workshop where we spent a lot of time unlearning the World Vision model of women laboring lying on their backs with hands and knees flat, the midwives thanked us by improvising a labor support dance. I had chills when it was happening and I get chills every time I watch it.