Every Inhalation And Every Exhalation In Birth Is Your Choice

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Hi I’m the Director for Common Knowledge Trust. We produce Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation online course. Each video now is going to be about skills. We talked in a previous video
about Sustainable Breathing and the 4 Ways that Humans Breathe. It’s really
important to understand. We’ll go say it over and over again that the purpose
of picking Good Breathing Patterns is … when you use Good Patterns
then you are coping better, managing, handling, dealing with, working through,
staying on top of, and in control of the sensations you’re experiencing during
birth or what is happening to or around you. You cannot control the sensations
you’re going to have. You cannot control what is going to happen to are around
you. You have control over how you respond to either internal sensations or
external sensations. Your first line of defence for being able to cope and
manage is not ‘Positive Thinking’ … It’s Good Breathing Patterns. You have to
discover the 4 types of ways humans breathe … #1 in your nose/out your nose … #2 In your nose/out your mouth … #3 in your mouth/out your nose … #4 in/out your mouth. These are the patterns and variations which you can use to relax
yourself. This is found in the Sustainable Breathing eBook in the
course. There’s another element to Breathing and that is the capacity to
use Breathing to expand inside our body and to soften inside our pelvis. The
reality is if you are giving birth and you find yourself tense like this, it
doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re tense inside your pelvis. The most important thing now is for you to just tense up ‘down there’.
Keep your shoulders relaxed. Nobody knows you’re tense down there. You know it. You
have to relax ‘down there’. That’s your job. It’s where your
baby’s coming down, through and out. Even if you’re having a surgical birth, your
baby’s coming out your belly that’s true. But if you are tense in your body, you’re indicating you’re more nervous and you’re more anxious. By
using Good Breathing Patterns … whether you have a surgical Cesarean or whether
you labor and have a vaginal birth or end up with a surgical birth doesn’t
matter. Just use your skills because that helps you stay in control. That’s so
important. You need to understand when we breathe in ( hopefully you’ll learn that a Good Breathing Pattern is in your nose and
out your mouth) your lungs expand. They don’t move around your body but you can intentionally (just as people say breathe in your belly just breathe faster or slower) is that you have the ability to intentionally expand inside
your pelvis with every inhale. Just inhale and expand inside your
pelvis. You will feel primarily the bone in the back move. That’s your sacrum and the sacrum has two bones that overlay it. Those are you big hip bones.
Most people don’t really know our pelvis has more than one bone. We see it
as a Bone … the pelvis … but in fact it has a big hip bone on one side and a hip bone on the other. At the front is a cartilage. In the back those overlay the
sacrum. Then at the end of the sacrum is the tail bone. It’s really
important you practice and feel that (as you inhale) you can expand inside
your pelvis. You’ll feel the sacrum move back a little bit and help the big
bones move to the side a little bit. iI’s not easy to get a lot of motion in the
front and that’s not where your baby wants you to create motion.
Babies want you to create motion in the back because that’s naturally how our
human body functions. Every time you inhale, you can
create space. That’s saying to your baby ‘Mommy’s creating space’. Babies like that so every time you then exhale (you exhale out your nose or out your mouth) then intentionally just soften inside your pelvis. This is why
Birthing Better is so important because the skills inter-lap with one another.
Knowing Good Breathing Patterns versus Stressful Breathing Patterns, being able
to expand when you inhale and soften as you exhale (which is another skill called
the Pelvic Clock). Using that at every inhalation and exhalation during the
birth of your baby gives you control. That’s another skill … how to choose to be
in control. As we talk about skills, they interface, they overlap each
other. There’s no linear way to learn the Birthing Better skills but
that doesn’t matter. Inside each of us, when we think about giving birth (whether
we’ve given birth before or whether this is our first baby) we feel places
where there is uncertainty. So when you get the resource, find the skills that #1 … fill
those gaps, that answer those questions, and have that Ah-Ha moment that says ‘Ah-Ha I finally understand about breathing’ or ‘I did use yoga breathing. It worked well but I
couldn’t have explained it to anybody now I can explain what I was doing.’ or ‘I
used a good meditation breathing or good Lamaze or good Bradley method
breathing but that didn’t work when the contractions got more painful or because I was induced. When you read the Birthing Better Sustainable, Adjustable
Breathing Ebook then you will understand all of the layers of
breathing, all of the ways they overlap and interface. Then breathing becomes
a skill you can adjust and adapt at any moment of your baby’s birth
and through every inhalation, every exhalation. So we’ll go on to more of the
skills in the next video. Bye-Bye

One thought on “Every Inhalation And Every Exhalation In Birth Is Your Choice

  1. Have you ever really thought about your inhale and exhale in relationship to birth? Most of us don't even think about our breathing, full stop/period unless we have a stuffed nose or asthma etc. But every inhalation can expand inside. Every exhale can soften inside. How do you do this? Conscious choice.

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