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Have you heard the nonsensical statement: 'You breathe all the time and you'll breathe in labour'. Duh! But think about it. Screaming is breathing. Moaning, groaning, crying is all breathing. Shouting, holding your breath, yelling are all forms of breathing. And too many women use all of those breathing patterns.
In reality, it's important to learn really good breathing patterns that you consciously choose to use throughout your baby's birth journey. Yes, that's right. You need good breathing skills and so does your support person or coach.
The basis of learning good breathing patterns comes from understanding that all humans breathe in only 4 ways. There are variations of those 4 ways.
Knowing which of the 4 ways are sustainable (one of the 3 qualities) opens the door of understanding to which variations are adaptable (another of the 3 qualities). Then it's all about 'choosing' to use (the 3rd quality) your good breathing patterns throughout your baby's birth no matter how challenging. The most important 'choice' you'll ever make in your baby's birth is how to use your inhalation to expand inside your pelvis and how to use your exhalation to soften inside your pelvis.
Learn good breathing patterns, adapt them as sensations change and use them to do the work of giving birth no matter how that unfolds.