Preparation Exercises

Vocalization in Labor

Vocalization in labor (making noise during labor) can be a great tool for releasing tension and stress from your body. But not all noise is equal. Making too high-pitched of a noise, like a scream, screech or a squeal, tightens up your

Preparation Exercises

Progressive Relaxation

This exercise should be performed after you have mastered the tense and release exercise. If you have the ability to relax some muscles at will, you are ready for this exercise. Begin in the most comfortable position that allows your body to

Preparation Exercises

Tense-Relax Exercise for Labor Preparation

Since relaxation holds the key to managing pain in labor, it is important to take the necessary time to learn and master techniques to relax your body, and to keep it relaxed during contractions. Relaxing through pain takes practice. For many people,

Preparation Exercises, Research

Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the perineum (skin between the anus and vagina) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. While this preparation is often cited as reducing perineal damage, research studies disagree on the effectiveness of perineal massage used during

Preparation Exercises

Identifying Fears of Labor and Childbirth

In this exercise you will begin to work through some of the feelings you have about childbirth. You will need to think about how you talk about childbirth and how that relates to your understanding of the childbirth process. You will also

Preparation Exercises

Emotions During Labor

Women report feeling everything from a pleasurable birth to an excruciating birth. No one can tell you what labor is going to feel like to you. This is partially because no one can tell you how fast or slow or difficult your