Breathing for birth is so essential.
Time to make a return!!
17 years ago I was having my first baby, wow how quick that time has gone!! I was doing the regular antenatal class that the hospital recommended and was reading 'what to expect when you're expecting', mainly as I'd seen it on a film and it was the only book I knew!
I was not a midwife then. I was me. Me having my baby. Feeling, to be honest, both excited and nervous!
The classes were daytime, just us women and a midwife. She was lovely. I hoped that she was going to give me the secret answer that would stop me from being nervous and make me feel happy about the fact that I was soon to give birth to a baby, that in clothes made me look like I had a child's space hopper stuffed up my jumper!
The classes then were 6 weeks long, 6 weeks to find my answer.
Classes were great, I made some great friends, but my favourite part of each session was the 15 minutes at the end where we lay down on our sides (which in its self took 5 of the 15 minutes!) to learn how to breath.
I know we all know how to breath, but there's a difference in pottering/rushing around like a maniac in daily life, breathing as you go, not thinking about it, letting it all just happen, than breathing to bring your baby into this world.
The lesson that midwife taught me had helped me not only in labour, but through colic, tantrums (occasionally mine), shopping trip disasters with toddlers and other friends toddlers!
It helped me through first days back to work, first days at school and last, and all the bits in between when you feel like all the air has been vacuum removed from the space you're in!
Through working with women and teaching them the skills I've been taught, from my first baby to practicing HypnoBirthing, one thing that remains the most beneficial skill I believe you can teach women and their birthing partners is how to breath. Breathing calmly brings you control, control brings you strength. Labouring women are the strongest they will ever be, bringing life into this world.
I read a quote once that will stay forever imprinted in my mind, "Labour isn't stronger than you, it is you".
If I can offer any words to help you find your inner calm for birth, it's learn how to breath....
Breathing for birth and daily life