Breathing during childbirth
Breathing techniques help a woman relax, supply the baby with more oxygen through the placenta and change the perception of pain.
Types of breathing to practise before giving birth.
Deep, even breathing (used during contractions, especially at the beginning of childbirth, and inevitable between contractions) - this is actually yoga breathing, in which you take deep, relaxing breaths through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
Shallow rapid breathing (used especially in the active phase) - when the partner feels that slow breathing no longer helps the woman and she is holding her breath during labor, he should remind her of the shallow, light chest breathing, in which air only gets to the upper part of the lungs. The partner puts his hands on the mother's shoulder blades and watches if they lift slightly when she takes a breath.