Why Lamaze Breathing Could Be Useful in Labor


Breathing and Relaxation How can I deal with pain and have a better labor and delivery experience?

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Midwives Demonstrating Relaxation Techniques For Labor

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Antenatal Breathing and Relaxation for Labour

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How to Breathe during Labor | Pregnancy

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Breathing Techniques During Labor Ana Paula Markel, Doula

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Breathing Exercises and Movement in labour

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Why Lamaze is the Best Childbirth Class: Labor Easily and Naturally

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With Lamaze breathing, the mind quite literally begins to “steer” the body toward more comfortable labor. As the breathing techniques start to work on the mind and body, circulation and oxygenation of the body increase — this is excellent for labor progress as opposed to the constricted blood flow and restricted breathing that occurs when our bodies naturally react to. If you take a childbirth class, a skill that you will likely learn is how to breathe during labor.One of the most well-known examples is “Lamaze breathing,” which has been around since the 1960s.Today, it’s just one of many breathing methods that are taught.   If you take a birthing class, you will probably learn about several of the techniques that came after Lamaze. The conscious relaxation and controlled breathing of the Lamaze method can be a useful and effective comfort strategy during childbirth.

Aside from facilitating labor, they also tackle stress and anxiety, as well as the physical pain associated with Braxton-Hicks contractions. Naturally, Lamaze breathing isn’t a cure-all. However, they’ll allow you to remain present, focused, and able to move through contractions more easily. Lamaze classes and breathing techniques also give your partner a chance to participate in the birth of your baby.

Performing these breathing exercises help your partner stay calm and focused. There are many benefits to using Lamaze techniques during labor. For one, breathing is something everyone can do. Why Does Lamaze Work?

Many experts feel that Lamaze works so well because the relaxation and breathing techniques will help a woman in labor stay focused, comfortable, and in control of the delivery process. It also helps women to overcome the. Lamaze breathing techniques teach you to pattern your breathing to decrease the pain you feel.

As each contraction begins, you take a deep, or cleansing, breath. This deep breath is followed by. Breathing Techniques for Birth: Lamaze and 5 Others. By Jayme Moye.

Apr 12 2018, 3:34 PM. Learning breathing practices for childbirth has clear physical benefits. Breathing techniques keep the body more relaxed, and thus better able to cope with the discomfort of contractions and delivery. Mentally, too, breath awareness creates an anchor point, one.

Provides a sense of well being and control. Increased oxygen provides more strength and energy for both the mother and baby. Brings purpose to each contraction, making contractions more productive.

Patterned breathing and relaxation can become techniques for dealing with life’s every day stressors. Labor & Lamaze Breathing Breathing is an unconscious activity that can be deepened and controlled through concentration. Our respiration patterns give us insight into how we are feeling.

Notice how your breathing changes.

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This included Lamaze breathing techniques used during childbirth and anything she could to avoid getting sick!

“Waking Up in 5D: A Practical Guide to Multidimensional Transformation” by Maureen J. St. Germain
from Waking Up in 5D: A Practical Guide to Multidimensional Transformation
by Maureen J. St. Germain
Inner Traditions/Bear, 2017

It has been suggested that the purpose of these breathing movements in utero is to exercise and train the respiratory muscles for their function after birth.

“Textbook Of Medical Physiology” by Khurana
from Textbook Of Medical Physiology
by Khurana
Elsevier, 2005

It is generally believed that these interventions improve maternal blood flow to the placenta and oxygen delivery to the fetus.

“Perinatal Nursing” by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
from Perinatal Nursing
by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

As with the Lamaze method, breathing is used to help the woman release tension and relax.

“Exploring the Dimensions of Human Sexuality” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, Clint E. Bruess, Sarah C. Conklin
from Exploring the Dimensions of Human Sexuality
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, Clint E. Bruess, Sarah C. Conklin
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007

The baby benefits as well when the mother relaxes between contractions, because this relieves pressure on the placenta, which increases the flow of blood to the baby and thereby protects the baby against low oxygen.

“Infant and Toddler Development from Conception to Age 3: What Babies Ask of Us” by Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, Marsha Peralta
from Infant and Toddler Development from Conception to Age 3: What Babies Ask of Us
by Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, Marsha Peralta
Teachers College Press, 2018

The goal is for women to become aware of their own comfortable rate of breathing in order to maintain relaxation and adequate oxygenation of the fetus.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Labor and vaginal birth benefit the newborn by increasing absorption of fetal lung fluid and compressing the upper airways, causing some lung fluid to be expelled.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing” by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing
by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

It allows the infant’s lungs to rest temporarily and recover.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

A healthy fetus with a normal placenta can withstand the stress of labor without having hypoxia develop because sufficient oxygen exchange occurs during the interval between contractions.

“Critical Care Transport” by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), UMBC
from Critical Care Transport
by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), UMBC
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017

It is vital that the midwife does not over-aerate the baby and reduce their CO2 too much and cause apnoea.

“Myles' Textbook for Midwives E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
from Myles’ Textbook for Midwives E-Book
by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

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  • This is great. My doctor was absolutely will to follow my direction, but I never knew what was medically necessary. I had an IV antibiotic & glucose drip, continuous monitoring & labored/delivered on my back.

  • That’s all nice and all but doctors never allow these in hospital
    Usually they are loud, obnoxious, and light are turned on all the way

  • Due September and this was so clear and helpful and inspired me to look up more ways that helps me relax. Preparation, especially mental preparation and normalizing really is key! You can do this mama!

  • It hurts but the pain always comes to the end. I held my breath when i was in labour with my first i wanted to die 30 painful hours later we were good lol second hurt but was only 3 hrs wooo!! �� now we will see with the 3rd lol

  • I am due on Jan 5, 2020 for my second. I was cs for my first because she’s far from my cervix. Do i have a chance to deliver normally?

  • Very positive and encouraging video. I used the Lamaze method 37 years ago for all 3 of my children and had them all in about an hour. I’m now passing this information onto my daughter. Who had her first child by a scheduled Cesarean section, her second was induced, and now she’s having her 3rd baby all natural. Obviously the doctors and hospital can be very persuasive. I’m very proud of my daughter for being brave and listening to her own intuition.

  • U make it sound like it’s easy…. I’m I’m labour right now and I can’t even breathe. There is nothing like slow nice breath. I’m sorry if I sound rude. But that’s how I feel

  • My Lamaze classes are free, we go every Monday supposedly but as of last week I’ve fallen off the wagon. The first two classes were fun and informative but the last few classes have been very boring. My attention span is really short I think ��

  • I’ve been experiencing mild contractions on and off for a few days now. I’ve found breathing and humming through them helps so much. Walking also helps and trying not to tense up. I’m only 34 weeks and I have doctors appointment tomorrow to see if I’m dilating but everything discussed in this video helps aside from the touching. I need to zone out and be in my own space to cope with pain. Touching interferes with that

  • So if I’m walking to exercise for a faster labor, will wearing a belly band be counterproductive to having the baby lower down the pelvis? Cuz I’ve been pretty active during my labor, walking almost everyday and I am currently 5 days away from my due date and I’m not showing any proof of labor signs. Not even nesting

  • I’m on baby#3. And I have a high pain tolerance. So basically it doesn’t bother me all that much. But I can tell you from experience every thing she is talking about is the truth.

  • I am not pregnant nor am planning to, but I here to gather some knowledge in case I have to help someone when there’s no immediate help around lmao I’m paranoid

  • my husband is not very patient mostly about everything,,I don’t wish him to be there during my labor,,he probably will stress me to death!!,, ����,,

  • I agree. I’m on baby #3. (Which I guess also proves that child birth can’t be THAT bad, or we wouldn’t be on #3…) I think the most important thing to remember is the Pain/Tension/Fear cycle. It truly makes a difference to relax and have a positive attitude. My most difficult labor memories are the times when I let my fears get the better of me, making my body tense up and thus increasing pain. But, I will admit, it’s easier said than done! I’ve been listening and watching this video all throughout my pregnancy. As my due date approaches, I feel more confident that I’ll remember the tips she gives and be able to apply them during my labor.
    I find that knowing what to expect is the best way to relieve any irrational labor fears. So don’t be afraid to watch the labor videos (as well as c-sections, epidurals (even if you don’t plan on getting one), etc.) so you know exactly what to expect. Many times, our imagination is worst than reality. That really helped me before my first labor.
    Remember, we are awesome and our bodies were literally MADE for this. Trust your bodies and yourselves.
    Good luck to all the moms to be!:)

  • Im a first time mom. And currently, turning 34 weeks weeks this coming tues.

    Opting for a normal delivery rather than caesarian section. (which is normally done here in the philippines ��)

    Hoping i can do all of this tips since there are no classes available in our area in preparing for labor..

  • This is so not true. Patterned breathing is still being taught as evidenced by the two sites updated for 2017: http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/patterned-breathing/ and http://www.livestrong.com/article/225681-lamaze-breathing-techniques-to-use-during-labor/. Patterned breathing uses both concentration and distraction, hence the “hee” “hoo” sounds. I used this with my pregnancy’s and my daughter’s were both big. The first was 8ls 13oz and the other was 8lbs 7oz. I didn’t have any medication for either of them. I did have a post self hypnotic breathing exercise that really helped relieve some of my anxiety though and I wish I had been taught the “J” breathing for transition and delivery ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tJdCOxmFkE). I don’t know why people have to make fun of or put down other techniques when a new one comes along. Using these two together sound like the best option. Just breathing deeply in and out doesn’t do it for me with pain. Each of us is different and what works for one person might not work for someone else.

  • Thank you for this video!! I’m a first time Mama and I am 16 weeks I’m high risk because I’m 35 (took 4 years) and I am just mentally and physically preparing myself for child birth. This helps so much.

  • Hello! I need to be induced this Saturday (37 weeks) due to ICP. I was planning to use Lamaze techniques during my labor. But now I’m not sure if I can continue with this plan… what do you think?

  • Guys, I do very much appreciate the video and the availability of information, but if you could act like you’re not on valium and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what’s happening, the pregnant anxious women would feel better.

    Imagine this is a scary time for you and somebody explains the events in a ‘cant be bothered’ way…. You wouldn’t feel to good either

  • Due date July 10 2019… coming up soon and I want to be ready and mentally prepared. Just in case I need to deliver on my own. I’m honestly considering kicking everyone out of the delivery roo.. including my husband.

  • It depends on the woman when it comes to the pain because I’m pregnant with my 2nd and am just heading into the 2nd trimester and I will tell u right now I remember labor pain like ut was a month ago and my daughter is 2 now. So, I’m not looking forward to labor and after this baby I’m fucking done. Screw this shit. I love my babies in gonna have to love and be there for always but I’m not going through this crap again after this. Hell to the nah. Good luck to all the expecting women out there including me, fucking nut jobs. ��❤✌

  • In Norway, you don`t get to choose so much. I was 42 weeks and the doctors and the midwifes started my birth (I had no choise) and when my water didn`t break, they did it for me (still no choise) and because of all this invasive things done to my body, I had to have a c-section, because the baby was rotating to early (because they broke my water) so I feel helpless in these matters. The doctors and midwifes here do what ever they want, no matter what you as a birthing mother thinks….. =( (please exuse the bad english)

  • Hi Mandy, i love your Chanel. It’s amazing to see how much you do to empower women. As someone already asked, is there any kind of connection between using bely bands and baby not getting in the right position? My first birth came through a c-section and after doing it my doctor came in the room and told me she was in an odd position. Facing front and head tilted to the back. Cutting a long story short:
    1. My water broke on a Tuesday at 4pm. Just a squish came out. Called the hospital and said that had just happened but I had no pain. They said: if your water broke you need to come in so we check you.
    2. At 6pm I’m already at hospital. They want to check if that was really amniotic fluid ad not urine. It was, and I had to stay there straight from that moment. NOT HOW I HAD IMAGINED IT. I kept thinking I would only come in moments before delivery.
    3They put me on IV antibiotics because apparently there is a risk that the baby gets an infection from the moment your water breaks.??? Any comments on this are welcome.
    4They give me 24h to see of Labour starts on its own. NO PRESSURE. It didn’t. No pain. No nothing.
    5-it’s Wednesday Am and they give me this thing that looked like a shoe lace to insert in my vagina to „ try and get things moving“. I did and we waited another 24h. Nothing happened.
    6It’s Thursday morning and we are gonna repeat the shoe lace thing and wait 24h. Nothing happens.
    7It’s Friday morning and not much is happening. I’m coming out of the room for walks every day but still feel like a prisoner. Doctor comes into my room and tells me „if that baby doesn’t make a move we’ll have to take her out“. I still waited.
    8It’s Saturday morning. We are trying one last thing. One of the 20 nurses I met so far asks me if „I want to try the castor oil cocktail. It’s natural and helps most of the time.“ well… yes! Not that things are going so natural so far, but let’s give it a go. As I fished taking it at 9am doctor comes into my room and tells me that I shouldn’t eat anything else after breakfast because in case nothing happens we will take her out via c-section at 3pm.
    9it’s 12 o’clock and I start having contractions for the very first time. I’m excited!! After a while walking in hospital corridors I come back to the room and get on floor/ball. By 3:30 they start fading away and By 4pm I get put on a drip. Contractions come back stronger. Got checked at some point. Had 1 cm.
    10One of the doctos keeps coming into the room and getting the drip faster. At one point they more than doubled it within 1/2 hour. Pain was getting really hard to bear and I ask to get checked again around 6pm. 2cms.:(
    11I get asked if I want the epidural. It can relax my body and allow my cervix to open. At this point I’m tired, weak and contractions are driving me up the wall. I refuse the epidural and I opt for the C-section that happened at 19:10 on Saturday.

    Next baby i want to go for vbacs.

  • How can a woman in labor relax and there is a lot of midewives and nurses in the room and they all doing check ups with their fingers in birth canal, i am so shy to be nacked in front of alllll of them ��, iam in my 3 and i allready have a lot of fear from everything ��

  • These are great tips, with my last labour I had two contractions in a row sometimes. I don’t know why it happened and I hope it doesn’t happen again, any tips tho just in case it happens again.

  • I was hooked up with a gazillion detectors and monitors, all wired to a big computer. It didn’t give me much flexibility to move around.

  • No epidural, within 3 minutes & 3 pushes later my baby boy was out. Best coping mechanism for me was counting during a contraction and reminding myself it only lasts a minute. Also having complete silence and holding the bed railing.

  • I guess I’m lucky that my first reaction to really intense pain is to start taking deep breathes. I think it’s because I have really bad chronic pain and I’ve been through some REALLY intensely painful medical procedures (including surgery on my arm… wide awake O_O that REEEEEALLY hurt, and that’s just one of many things), so I’ve sort of practiced it enough that it almost comes naturally. After the initial “OH SHIT” when intense pain starts, I remember to breathe deep to calm myself because my anxiety is so bad and breathing deep really helps me keep from panicking completely.

  • First of all getting the correct position stop lying down the pelvic bone is supposed to Flap can you do that when you’re sitting down? Would you enhance didn’t I try to vomit through your nose or their mouth closed?

  • On baby #3.
    Had my first at 21 all natural, because the epidural scared me more than the pain.
    My second had her naturally as well because if I did it once I can do it again.
    My last baby and pregnancy I will be having a natural labor.
    The pain is temporary I dont know how long the side effects of the epidural will last.
    Wish I could give birth at home…cant afford it.

  • Loved the scottish ladies voice!! Much more comforting and reassuring. The english voice was irritating and felt like she was quite bossy, couldnt deal with that during labour or i think i would crack up

  • This video….isnt helpful. When your in that much pain it’s like your body forgets how to breathe. In through your nose and out through your mouth is the only advice thats helpful.

  • The pain was intense at 8 cm. Everything before that was okay. ��… walk and move if you need to. Have people you love and trust around you… You’re body is meant to do this��… currently 21 weeks on my second baby girl ��

  • I have to give up after 2 mins because I can’t hardly hear what the second midwife is talking about. Very hard to listen to and very annoying voice.

  • This is right on point!I never scream I just dnt know what happens ��
    Am due in 5weeks time #3baby I pray for quick and safe birth.������

  • Some great tips here. I’ve got some other great tips to help moms prepare for labour and delivery in this video https://youtu.be/xCsjxs2U0mM

  • I’m in labour right now, i feel I’m literally dieing…contractions every few minutes but only 1cm dilated. Never ever again im going thru this! If im gonna have a 2nd baby its gonna be a C section 100%!!!

  • Recently I found out I am able to have children again. Thank you so much for all the valuable information. I was just wondering if sign could be added.

  • I am due July 4th and I have a low pain tolerance lol. I really wanted my birth to be natural so I’ll do my best. Thanks for the advise! ��❤

  • I just feel like someone should physically knock me out. I don’t think I can handle labor. I could barely handle my cramps. I feel like if someone says ANYTHING I might take offense too, they’ll be cussed out… I don’t handle pain well. It’s going to take a very well trained team to deal with me & im not excited or proud about it �� I’m about to throw up this is making me feel so overwhelmed I’m not even due until April ��

  • I’m taken childbirth classes but its not a lamaze class. Update: none of the classes prepared me for the pain of childbirth. I had plan to listen to hynobirthing recordings. My mom left to get headphones and I asked her to get me a pair so I could hear my calming videos I saved. She forgot.

  • I hate to say this but the second midwife presentation was dour, lacked reassurance and was negative. Given maternity is care focused you expect more of a supporting and better informative tone then simply reading out a script.

  • Currently pregnant with my first baby due in 11 weeks. I’m definitely trying to cope with giving birth naturally. I expect pain there’s a blessing that comes behind the pain. I just ���� for a beautiful healthy baby and safe delivery and recovery

  • With my last birth I labored at home for almost the entire labor and went to the hospital when I reached the pushing stage. I had a doula but she didn’t check me or monitor the baby (we just timed contractions and made sure I could feel the baby kicking). I don’t have a doula this time. Are there any dangers to laboring at home as long as possible without the baby being monitored? I feel more comfortable laboring at home but I don’t feel comfortable with a home birth.

  • Watching this when you are infertile hurts on a different level. Why do i do this to myself? But hey hope yall godesses are having a great time. Wonder what women that don’t or can’t have kids are…hmmm

  • In my opinion you have taught women nothing. Your condescending remarks about the old Lamaze breathing are insulting. The old Lamaze process was a very good one and it worked. It was nothing like what you just demonstrated. I had 3 children using the Lamaze method and had normal vaginal births with no meds all lasting about 6 hours. I had 4 children but for my first child I hadn’t taken the classes and the nurses were amazing and taught me the breathing. I was in labor for 7 1/2 hrs with my first 8 lb baby
    I can’t imagine counting during your contractions. We were taught very slow hee-hee breathing while doing effleurage with your finger tips on your belly. You slowly move your fingers around on each side of your stomach lightly with your fingertips as you breathe slowly. You let your uterus contract and relax as you are doing this. It helps you focus on your breathing, the short hee -hee keeps the diaphragm from putting pressure on your stomach and the method is very relaxing and your baby is getting plenty of oxygen. You feel your fingers going around your stomach which helps relax you. Counting would make me anxious, like when will this be over.
    As labor gets more intense you learn to do the hee-hees a bit faster which helps with the stronger contractions. We were taught every stage of labor we were in. When my knees started shaking we were taught that it was a sign we were in transition. I told the dr. “I think I am in transition and he examined me and said I was right”
    Trust me, take a good class in your third trimester that really teaches you about what is happening to you during labor, and the more you know the more prepared you will be to make it a good experience.
    Telling someone to just deep breathe is not enough in my opinion. ��

  • Thank you for this video! It’s a good summary of helpful comfort measures, BUT these would only be helpful if the mom & her partner were practicing them for a few months before labor begins. A good childbirth education class series would really help with this.

    As a nurse/childbirth educator, it saddens me to see so many women go into labor without taking such classes. Videos help, but moms need a place to practice with their partner, to ask questions, to learn the pros & cons of interventions or no interventions, etc. The techniques learned in class need to be practiced at home at least 2-3 times a week, daily if possible.

    Most expectant parents have participated in some kind of competitive sports in their past, so it’s useful to think about labor as an athletic event which requires both mental & physical conditioning. I ask my students what would happen if they had missed a week of practice, and they show up for the game or event. Most would be benched. Why? Because they don’t know the strategy, & their body is not conditioned enough. In most cases, they’d be a detriment to the team.

    Benching is NOT an option in labor! So, please find a good class series, don’t miss any classes if possible, practice at home, & you’ll be ready for just about anything!