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Labor Breathing - Need Help!

Posted by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM
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Hi, I'm new to this group and have a question.  I birthed my son naturally, and felt very pleased with myself and the experience.  He was 10 days overdue, but I was very focused, took the breathing VERY seriously, and had a quiet, peaceful experience.  That was 13 years ago.

I am due at the end of April, and there aren't any childbirth classes in my area that I can attend.  (They all begin too late, or are full)  Really, I feel like I just need a refresher course, mostly to practice the breathing.  Also, this is my husbands and my first child together.  Other than the breathing aspect, I'd really like to attend with him, so he can learn how to best support me (so he can hear it from someone else).

Any ideas or tips you can give me? Links to sites? Anything?

Thank you so much!

Waiting for my little chick to hatch.............  April 29th, 2008!!

by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM
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charmgirl
by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM
i am so glad that i took my child birthing class...everyone else around here, thinks that they are ridiculous, they just give in to the epidural automatically. anways, my instructor taught a few different breathing techniques, but the one that i stuck with was the deep breathing, and the focal point. i had lost there for a few minutes, and my parents just got in my face and told me to breath. tell hubby, that if you start losing concentration, to remind you to breathe. you might not remember, so i'll remind you, when youre in that much pain, you tend to hold your breathe, so it is very easy to stop. but breathing gets you through it. tell him to talk you through the contractions, ya know like " it's almost over, the worst part is over, it's coming down now....and relax" uhmm what else, ice chips in hand, offer you a massage.
MamaJen74
by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM
I've always used Lamaze breathing techniques but with this birth, during transition it felt so much better to chuck those dang "he-he-he-he-he-whooooo" breaths and just GROAN.  Personally, I used deep breaths in and out slowly until the contractions got painful.  Seems like the more intense the contractions were, the more "he's" in my pant...he-he-whooo turned to he-he-he-whoooo to he-he-he-he-whooooo to GROAN.  My mom was kinda weirded out and kept telling me to breathe because that's what I've usually done.  It is very easy to breathe and groan...just a deep, throaty growl really.  I told mom afterward that groaning actually FELT good too.

Here's a link on how to practice breathing techniques!  http://uuhsc.utah.edu/pated/handouts/handout.cfm?id=813

Please excuse my shorthand.  I haven't quite gotten the hang of typing with a baby in my arms...NAK!

    

     

    

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AFWifey_05
by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM
I also used the he-he-he-hoo and then once the labor was so strong (almost pushing phase) i was told to take deep breaths and breat our slowely... it really helped and i concentrated on my doctor and the pain wasn't so bad anymore!
Naomidoula
by on Mar. 7, 2008 at 1:41 PM
You might be able to find a private childbirth instructor somewhere in your area. Sometimes there are instructors who work outside a hospital, or work through some natural childbirth organization. If you were able to find someone like that, they might be able to give you more one-on-one help with your husband.

Birth Counseling   http://www.cafemom.com/group/26363

Wives of Musicians     http://www.cafemom.com/group/5320

Birth Stories    http://www.cafemom.com/group/13544/

Moms who Birthed Naturally http://www.cafemom.com/group/14077

C-section mommies are moms too http://www.cafemom.com/group/31783

PhilsBabyMama
by on Mar. 8, 2008 at 3:28 AM

Have you looked into hypnobirthing?  I took that class with my fiance.  The instructor emphasized slow, relaxing, deep breaths and ways my fiance could help me relax.  It was very cool and really helped me stay "loose" during contractions.

PhilsBabyMama
by on Mar. 8, 2008 at 3:32 AM

Quoting MamaJen74:

 It is very easy to breathe and groan...just a deep, throaty growl really.  I told mom afterward that groaning actually FELT good too.

I hear that!  I definitely groaned and growled.  Looking back at the video I think "I really made those noises? "  I sounded like an animal, which I guess is the point.  Let your instincts take over, and just do what your body tells you to.

MamaJane
by on Mar. 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM
I got a book at the library for my last child.  It had been 6 years since I had a class and 4 since my last birth.  I felt strange taking a class so I just went to the library and got a book.  I'm sorry I don't remember what method it was.  I don't have a birthing method preference.  It all goes out the window and you do what feels right when the time comes (ITA with the groaning and noises).  But anyway you could read over stuff together with hubby and everything will come back to you.
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