Top Tips for a Calm Birth
Top tips that will re centre you during labour
In preparation for the arrival of your baby, whether it’s your first baby or your third, here are some tips for you to remember to help you to remain calm and focused throughout your labour.
Rhythmic breathing before and during your labour greatly maximises the amount of oxygen available to you and your baby.
If you become tense or frightened, your breathing will become shallow and rapid, you will start to suck air into your lungs, and breath out in short, sharp gasps.
This is known as panic breathing. It cuts down on the amount of oxygen available for you and for your baby, making you feel light headed and out of control.
Top Breathing technique:
Think of the word RELAX it has two syllables RE and LAX
Breath in through your nose very slowly and deeply and think of the first syllable RE.
Slowly exhale through your mouth for as long as you can and think of the word LAX…….
Continue breathing gently, deeply, and rhythmically throughout your labour.
The power of your mind.
When we focus our minds on something beautiful/ calming or relaxing it has a direct effect on our physiology. Our bodies respond to the images, and feelings we focus on.
Think about a beautiful sunset, a still lake or a magnificent flower opening petal by petal.
Use these visualisations during labour to focus your mind and body.
Laughter at any time releases the chemical endorphin.
Endorphin is your bodies main antidote to Adrenalin.
Adrenalin is associated with your bodies fight and flight response, which gets activated under stress or fearful situations.
Laughing helps to relax your body which allows you to counter any negative affects from Adrenalin during your labour.
Listen to calming music
When thinking about the atmosphere you would like to bring your baby into the world, consider bringing soothing sounds with you into your birthing room. This will greatly reduce stress and promote calm for you and your baby.
According to Babycentre.co.uk
There are some safe essential oils that are suitable to use during labour.
Essential oils can have a very powerful effect on your state of mind by increasing relaxation and can also help to reduce the effects of anxiety and stress.
Safe Essential oils for labour:
- Roman chamomile.
- Clary sage.
- lemon grass.
Have a positive Birth experience
Rachel Burke BA Dip Hyp SQHP GHR
Hypno Birthing Consultant