Childbirth Breathing Skills Part #1



Hi everybody. Well here I am
some old lady talking to you about childbirth. Why in god's name would
you want to believe anything I have to say? The reality is when I gave birth in 1970 I was just like you so I want to tell you that
when I and hundreds of families began to develop the Birthing Better resources it
was because of the gaps we had experienced in our own births. Things like
we tried using breathing technique bit they didn't work or 'my baby got stuck
what could I have done?' or from a father's viewpoint 'I was really trying
to help and she kept pushing my hand away and saying don't touch me, don't do
that, I don't want to see you, I'm never gonna have a baby again, you're never
gonna get near me again.' We had lots and lots of gaps. You know there were the what-ifs, the what next or what do we do?
So I and hundreds of families started to sort that out. We had so much diversity in our backgrounds or who we were. The only thing we could stick to was what we had in common … our human body. So the
Birthing Better skills are based on our human body. They're not linear.
We have breathing, communication, touch skills. They're not the same. How to
prepare our pregnant body for birth. That's not the same. You have to learn
a different set of skills in different areas then put them together for
your birth. It doesn't matter what type of birth you have. I have one child
who had two non-laboring Caesareans. they loved preparing her pregnant body for birth. They loved learning the skills and they used the skills even if they were
sitting in the doctor's office feeling anxious about tests. My other child
had a hospital birth. Then they had a home birth and my son was able to use these skills effectively and stopped his partner from tearing
when she gave birth to a very ,very large 11 pound 3 ounce baby boy with his hand
up here. The Midwife had no clue really what to do but to say to her keep
breathing. That wasn't going to help. The other thing we needed to know is that even back then in 1970 we were taught a lot of silly things around childbirth.
My job now as an old lady, trying to pass on these skills to the next
generation and even to people who could be my grandchildren. Today we're
going to talk a little bit about Breathing. When I go around the world and I teach Midwives and Childbirth Educators, Doulas and hundreds and
hundreds of expectant parents, I ask this simple question: 'What are the 4 ways
that humans breathe?' Yep there's always a pause no matter who it is. We don't
know, we don't think about it. We breathe all the time so we assume we're gonna keep breathing. There are 4 fundamental ways that
humans breathe. If we don't know those 4 ways and we had to figure
them out way back in the early 1970s because Lamaze breathing didn't work for
a lot of us. Bradley breathing didn't work for a lot
of us. Ee had to figure out how to breathe effectively and how to be
able to use breath as a focus and to help us stay in control if we had labor
pains or if we had any other discomforts. What I'm going to do is open up the
comments and have you tell me what are the 4 ways humans breathe. There are
only 4. Okay 1,2,3,4 and whoever gets it right first we'll give
you a 50% discount on any of the Birthing Better resources. Now I may be
away this weekend because one of my kids has a 10th year anniversary and we're
away. I'm not certain I'm gonna have an internet connection. This is part
#1 of breathing. I'll see you soon.

One Reply to “Childbirth Breathing Skills Part #1”

  1. OK. There are several aspects of breathing specific for all births. 1) Learn about the 4 ways all humans breathe and the variations. Doing so will lead you to your best breathing patterns 2) Learn how to use your inhalation and exhalation to open and soften inside. 3) Learn how to direct your breathing into parts of your birthing body that are tense or painful 4) Make certain your partner/other learn the breathing skills as 'birth-coach'

    5) … Commit (use discipline) to using good birth breathing skills to work through, cope and manage throughout your baby's birth journey.

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