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We all know that breathing is important. Yet, many laboring women forget the need to breathe well during childbirth. When the pain of the contraction grows, it's common to revert to short, rapid breaths or, worse still, to breath-holding. Let's discuss labor breathing and why it matters for your birth experience.
Controlled labor breathing increases your oxygenation (3). If you begin to hyperventilate or hold your breath, you'll inevitably begin to feel light-headed. Likewise, baby's flow of oxygen decreases and health care providers are more likely to intervene in the labor process. Breathing techniques help to keep the oxygen flowing for both you and baby.
Katie Griffin is the founder of Kopa Birth®, which offers local and online birthing classes for natural childbirth. She is also a Registered Nurse, and a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator, and a mother of 5. Through her work with Kopa Birth®, Katie helps to empower moms and partners to make informed, evidence-based choices about childbirth. ...
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