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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

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Labor Tools: Bean Bag Chair

What it is: A bean bag chair is a large soft ball filled with small beans or cotton. How it works: The filling of the chair allows for flexibility in positioning. How to use it: The chair can be used in place

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Labor Tools: Vocalization

What it is: Vocalization is making noise as a way to manage the stress of labor. How it works: One of the most difficult things about labor is that you need to “get out of the way.” Most things that we naturally

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Labor Tools: Visualization

What it is: Visualization is like seeing a movie being played on a movie screen on the inside of your forehead when you close your eyes. The mother either imagines a scene as she thinks of it, or she imagines a scene

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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

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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