Usually around the halfway point in my Lewisville, Texas natural childbirth class series, I'm asked something along the lines of, "When do we learn how to breathe? When will we practice techniques?"
You've been breathing for about 30 years, so hopefully you've got it down! Seriously though, it's simply deep, slow, abdominal breathing. Place your hand on your abdomen and feel it rise and fall, slowly and gently. That's it.
As far as practicing techniques, the only other major 'technique' we'll practice is positions for labor in the last class of the series. Of course, I'll go over how to do hip squeezes and counter pressure, but RELAXATION is the name of the game. This is why I read you cheesy relaxation poems and play a chair massage video from YouTube. It's why I assign you homework to find birth affirmations that appeal to you. Those are all 'techniques'! If you're unable to cope with a simple vaginal exam by your provider, see me after class so we can go over how to relax again.
This is something *you* MUST practice, daily.
Dads- every night before bed. Long soft strokes down her arms, legs, neck and back. Talk to her about your favorite vacation, or how you met. What will our baby look like? What will the dog think?
It doesn't have to be complicated; she just needs YOU; present, focused, positive and confident.
You got this!
I'm Bethany. Wife. Boy Mom. Bradley Method® teacher. Child passenger safety technician. Placenta encapsulator. I like little dogs, big hair and sweet tea.