The third pillar of HypnoBirthing is breathing. And today we are going to delve deeper into the Breath and how essential it is in influencing the birthing experience.
The premise behind utilizing specific breathing techniques during birth is that it can help you to maximize the amount of oxygen that is available to you and your baby. This is so essential because increased maternal oxygenation has been linked to reduced risk of fetal distress, less interventions and decreased likelihood of a surgical birth.
When you are scared, tense, or worried, have you ever noticed how your breathing begins to change? It becomes faster and shallower. And very soon it can begin to reduce the amount of oxygen available for you and your baby. If you were to enter into a frightened state, your muscles would begin to tense up
In my HypnoBirthing course, you will learn which muscles are directly linked to your pelvic area. And when you learn how to keep those muscles relaxed, your birth path is naturally more relaxed, makes for an easier birth.
In my classes I cover the 3 breathing techniques in HypnoBirthing. The first is a very simple breath that maintains a sufficient, continual supply of oxygen to your baby during labor. This oxygen is the most important fuel for the muscles of your uterus . It is a fantastic breath to use in between Uterine Waves (contractions) to deepen relaxation and conserve energy.
The second breath is used during uterine waves. It is a slow, expanding breath and is used alongside a wonderful visualization. This breath ensures every wave is efficient in assisting the process of labor, instead of resisting it.
HypnoBirthing mothers find that because of this breath, this stage of labor is often shorter than normal.
The last breathing technique works with the natural pulsations of your uterus to gently move your baby down to crowning and birth. We explain why the common technique of ‘pushing’ can actually be counterproductive, can create stress for mother and baby, and has the potential to actually increase risk of fetal distress due reduced oxygen in the body.
Inhale to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 7.
This is the ‘Calm Breath’ we use in HypnoBirthing.
Turn to this breath frequently in your everyday life for situations that cause you to become tense, worried, or fatigued. It helps you to quickly return to the same calm, relaxed state in which you learned it. The truly amazing aspect of this breath is that it assists your body to maintain the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the uterus, allowing it to work efficiently and most importantly reduce the chance of fetal distress.
Ashley Ladroma, BSN, RN, HBCE
Certfied HypnoBirthing Educator
My name is Ashley. I’m a mother to three incredible HypnoBirthing babies. I’m a labor, delivery, and postpartum RN with birth experience in both the hospital and out-of-hospital settings. I’m a passionate HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator because I have experienced first hand the beauty of this method.
I‘m on a mission to help women find the power that has been within them always. Birth is one way in which we can access this instinctive, intuitive power.