'Ahhh' Birth Breath
This breath can be very useful in labour during contractions as creating the 'ahhh' sound helps to elongate the out breath which is very calming and is also said to help to diminish the sensation of pain. The 'ahhh' sound is also a useful anchor for your mind to focus on, helping to keep you in the present moment. In addition, this breath technique keeps your jaw relaxed as you release the 'ahhh' on the exhale, which helps you relax the cervix and perineum to ease your baby's birth.
How to do it:
1. Sit or lie comfortably.
2. Take an inhale through the nose or mouth.
3. Exhale through the mouth creating an 'ahhh' sound.
Repeat 3 or 4 times, noticing the vibration in the body all the way down to your pelvic floor as you create the 'ahhh' sound. Your baby will also enjoy this breath practice as they feel the sonic vibrations in the womb. In fact, if you practice this breath in pregnancy it can be used postnatally to help calm the baby as they will remember it's soothing effect!
You can also practice this breath in a position for birth, such as hip circles on all fours, for 1 to 1m30s, simulating breathing and moving through a contraction. Any questions at all either bring them to the Facebook group or email me directly.
I hope you find this practice useful :-)