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Breathe!

We're practicing Lamaze breathing techniques for when ashacat is in labor (she's breathing, I'm coaching). Tonight we started working on the paced-pant breathing recommended for the active part of Stage I labor. In a couple of minutes I think we'll move on to the paced-pant + blowing exercise for "transition".

The more I learn about labor and delivery the more in awe I am of this highly evolved system. There are a lot of moving parts -- from elements of gross anatomy to hormone molecules -- that work in a defined sequence to accomplish this feat of moving a baby from womb to world; starting the baby's independent respiration; and clearing out the placenta. Placental Mammals -- 125 million of years of evolution at work.

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half_elf_lost
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
Completely unsolicited advice: During labor, refrain from saying such non-comforting statements as "I know, I know" (as she's moaning through a contraction) or in looking too excitedly at the contraction monitor and stating "Oooh, that was a big one!"

lol

netcurmudgeon
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
I can think of few statements more likely to get me lynched (either by my wife or the nurses) than "I know"...!

Any advice you see fit to give will be appreciated.
webwyrm
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Though the occasional impressed "daamnnn" might not be seen as anything other than an understandable male response to the whole process...

Funny, I was thinking of you two today when I was giving describing labor as the best human-relatable example of a positive feedback mechanism- especially since several of the women in my (community college) class have been there and done that!

I must say, although the whole rest-of-my-life aspect of childbearing/rearing was always daunting, I would have really gotten into the whole pregnancy/birthing part...
netcurmudgeon
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
I must say, although the whole rest-of-my-life aspect of childbearing/rearing was always daunting...

Yes, yes it is. We were talking about that a little this evening. Parenting as a lifelong exercise in 'learning as you go'.

I would have really gotten into the whole pregnancy/birthing part...

Girlfriend, the things I have learned in Lamaze class. If I wasn't so committed to science and logic it would be enough to make me belived in 'the divine watchmaker'. :-)
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