Tag: relaxation

Comfort Measures for Childbirth

Designed for today’s busy family, Comfort Measures for Childbirth is the perfect class to start your journey, practice what you’ve already learned or brush-up and get ready for your birth. This 3 hour class is on Wednesday, January 11 at 6 pm at the AV Birth Center. At a comfort measures class you’ll learn the basic positioning, movements, and techniques for helping reduce pain and increase your ability to achieve your ideal birth. This class will have less lecture and more hands-on as you get ready greet your new arrival. Discussion, demonstration, and practice: Birth ball and peanut ball...

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The Essence of Coping in Labor

The Essence of Coping in Labor Published on Feb 18, 2016 Penny discusses one of her favorite topics in labor which she refers to as “the 3 R’s: Relaxation, Rhythm and Ritual.” You can now download Penny’s classic childbirth education film of the same name at https://www.pennysimkin.com/project/t… to see lovely examples of the 3 R’s in a series of live...

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Relaxation is the Natural Enemy of the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle

During his first inaugural address, President Roosevelt said, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  While he wasn’t talking about childbirth it does translates well.  Fear of the unknown has the potential to cause a lot of damage, especially to pregnant women. The BLUF:  Relaxation techniques are effective in countering the fear-tension-pain cycle. First time moms don’t know what to expect and it can be scary.  You can read all the books and watch all the videos you want but it won’t replace the experience of birthing a baby.   With the majority of women in America of childbearing...

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