Breathing techniques that work best for you during childbirth 

 Here is an overview of patterned breathing and how to use the practice so that you or your loved one can have the best birth experience.

What is the rationale behind the breathing techniques during childbirth? The advantages of patterned respiration include:

  • Soothes the  mother and improves her response to pain
  • Helps the mother feel focused and in control.
  • Improving the flow of oxygen to increase strength in both the mother and the baby.

The different techniques

The organizing breath. This is how you should start any breathing pattern. Inhale deeply, and exhale with a big sigh. This will increase focus and relieve stress.

Slow breathing. This technique is pretty much what it sounds like: inhale slowly through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Take the next breath when ready or feeling the need. This type of breathing helps in the management of cramping pains.

 Breathing a little faster. Rapid and shallow breathing through the mouth at the rate of breathing to each other. During childbirth, the rate should increase as the contraction intensifies and decreases as it slows down.

Breathing changes or transitions. This is the popular "hee-hee-who" technique , in which you breathe lightly, take shallow inhalations, and breathe out in a long and relaxing exhalation.

Breathing during childbirth. This technique is guided by contractions. The mother accelerates her breathing when she feels comfortable until she can no longer resist the urge to push. She then takes a deep breath, leans forward and breathes out with a sigh or growl.

How to use techniques

During the first stage of childbirth, it is recommended to switch between slow, easy, accelerated breathing and changes when you feelcomfortable – the main goal is to help relax. Stay with a technique as long as it helps, then switch to another technique. Think of a visual combination at this point: focus on a partner or a point on the wall, or recall relaxing situations (freedom, sea, nature…) or some scene that makes you feel focused and peaceful. It is also possible to combine music.

Breathing in the second stage of childbirth (the stage of the baby's exit) This method, is designed to help the mother push with more force. Taking one or two deep, relaxing breaths between pressing breaths can help the mother keep her cool and improve oxygen flow.

About me

To be present, to be the one who reassures, who has faith in you, in your abilities. To be the one who brings comfort, generosity, knowledge, light, hope and a lot of tips and experience. To be the one who believes beyond all that the impossible can be possible. In my opinion, this is the role of the doula and much more than that.

My name is Isabela Nahshon, a former paramedic and now a doula (I studied at the Laledet School for Childbirth). Now I am also studying to be a childbirth preparation instructor 😊

I worked for years as a paramedic (abroad) and decided upon my final return to Israel two years ago, to change direction, to accompany women and their partners in the wonderful and sometimes complex journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

I am convinced that this period of life makes and shapes the rest of your journey. This is why I offer to accompany you on your journey, in whatever way you choose, either in a natural birth (without painkillers), in an epidural birth, a cesarean birth or home birth… I am here for you, to support you, to help you find the information you need to make the right choices for you, with knowledge, without judging or influencing you, because I am convinced that every parent has the ability to know what is best for him and his child.

My services can include, at your choice (all or some, according to what suits your needs):

Birth preparation course, prenatal and birth support, breastfeeding help, aromatherapy, massages, guided imagery, hot/cold therapy, tens machine, acupressure….

You won't be alone!!! you can consult me ​​during this period which sometimes causes restlessness and doubts.

I speak Hebrew, French, English and German fluently, and understand Spanish.

Questions? Any doubts? I would love to hear them and of course answer .

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