netcurmudgeon (netcurmudgeon) wrote,
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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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