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One of the key components in Hypnobirthing is moving away from the medical language of pregnancy and birth and embracing words that invoke natural movement and transition. Below is a list of medical words with the Hypnobirthing alternative following.
Contraction – Surge or Wave
Coach – Birth companion or partner
Catch the baby – receive the baby
Deliver the baby – Birth the baby
Due Date – Birthing time
Water breaks – Release of membranes
Pain – Pressure / Sensation / tightening
Birth canal – Birth path
Pushing – Breathing baby down
Complications – Special circumstances
Mucous plug – Uterine seal
Bloody show – Birth show
Effacing / Dilating – Thinning / Opening
Transition – Near completion
Fetus – Preborn
Neonate – Newborn
Pateints – Parents
False labor – Practice labor
Possible Emotional Responses to Placenta Birth
What You Can Do During the Birth of the Placenta
Crowning and Birth
Possible Emotional Responses During Crowning and Birth
What You Can Do During Crowning and Birth
Rest and Be Thankful Phase
Possible Emotional Responses to the Rest and Be Thankful Phase
What You Can Do During the Rest and Be Thankful Phase
Possible Emotional Responses to Transition
What You Can Do During Transition
Possible Emotional Responses to Active Labor
What You Can Do During Active Labor
Early Active Labor
Possible Emotional Responses to Early Active Labor
What You Can Do During Early Active Labor
Possible Signs of Early Labor
Common Emotional Responses of Early Labor
What You Can Do During Early Labor
During childbirth classes moms often ask if I will teach them how to breathe during labor. I find that most moms will instinctively find the breath pattern that works for them and there is no right or wrong way to do it. But below is what I teach in my class.
When a contraction begins:
1. Signal to your partner that a contraction is beginning by taking a deep breath in and then out. This cleansing breath is similar to a sigh and helps ready your body for what’s coming. Remember to release all your tension during this cleansing breath. For your partner: He or she will often notice that, even before your cleansing breath, your body involuntarily signals the start of a new contraction. This could take the form of a finger or foot twitch or a slight tow movement. Mom’s in labor have all sorts of subtle ways to alert their partner to what is about to happen.
2. Following the nice, slow cleansing breath you just took to begin your contraction, continue to focus your attention on whatever brings you the most peace – a focal point, an image, a place, the music, a shadow on the wall – whatever works for you. Continue breathing slowly through the contraction.
3. Combine your breathing with other comfort measures like moaning, whaling, making loud and low noises, swaying your hips, letting your body go, massage, hot or cold packs, shower – again, whatever works for you.
4. Your mouth is directly related to your vagina. If your mouth is tight and clenched, then so is your bottom. Try it – tighten and tense your mouth and try to relax your yoni – it’s just not going to happen. Now make a small “O” with your mouth and feel the difference in your vagina. So keep your mouth loose and relaxed during contractions and this will keep your bottom loose and relaxed as well.
When the contraction ends:
1. Take another cleansing breath to close out the contraction.
2. Move around, take a sip of water, fall asleep, give feedback to your partner – whatever you need to do in that moment. Try not to think about the next contraction coming, just focus on the present moment and believe that your body will be able to handle what’s next.
In these moments between contractions, don’t expect your body to fully relax. Don’t expect yourself to fully fall asleep. Hold no expectations for yourself.Continue reading »
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