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Labor Tools: Music

What it is: Music for labor is not a specific song, or style of music. It is any music the mother finds helpful for relaxing and laboring. For some women this will be classical or instrumental music with slow tempos. Other women may enjoy music with familiar lyrics they can focus on or sing with …

Labor Tools: Rhythmic Breathing

What it is: Rhythmic breathing is breathing using a recurring pattern. There are many variations a mother can try. How it works: If the mother has lost her focus or seems overcome by the power of her contractions, rhythmic breathing helps her to refocus her energy and attention. Refocusing her attention can help her feel …

Labor Tools: Abdominal Breathing

What it is: Abdominal breathing is breathing using your diaphragm. It is deep breathing using the full extent of your lung capacity. It is called abdominal breathing because the movement of the diaphragm will expand the abdomen during the inhale and contract the abdomen during the exhale. How it works: Because of its slow nature, …