Frequently Asked Questions
How do I incorporate my partner?
Calm Birth is not only for the birthing woman: these practices are ideally used to enhance bonds between the partner, mother, and child.
Practice of Opening can become a bonding ritual: the partner lies behind the mother, hands on the belly. The partner visualizes the developing body of the baby and focuses his or her energy on the new life. This is a wonderful way to relax together and cultivate a prenatal relationship.
Womb Breathing is also optimally suited for both parents and any other birth attendant. The partner can sit behind the mother, hands on the belly, and practice breathing energy into his or her own energy center, as well as that of the mother. During pregnancy, birth, and life itself, both partners and baby benefit greatly from this healing practice, which can be continued through the meditations that are featured on the Calm Mother and Calm Healing CDs.
Giving and Receiving can also be practiced by both parents and birth attendants. The partner can breathe healing energy inwardly and to the mother and child.
How do I use Calm Birth during my labor?
The practice you want to cultivate most is Womb Breathing. By sitting and breathing in this empowered way throughout your pregnancy, you start to breathe completely throughout the day without even thinking about it. By your baby’s birth day, you will be able to use Womb Breathing to center yourself throughout the labor, connecting with your baby and supporting the release of joy-inducing and pain-relieving hormones. If you wish to listen to this practice during labor, do so, but it is not necessary. You can carry this forth into pushing. You can practice this to connect with your baby with an epidural or during a cesarean. Your partner can remind you to return to your Womb Breathing if you need to return to your center.
Practice of Opening is a wonderful way to relax during your labor. If you feel the need to lie down, listen to this practice and connect with your baby. You can have contractions and return to the practice, getting deep rest in between. Additionally, relaxing your body in this way can help stop prelabor contractions or allow for the contractions to become more regular and productive. If you have an epidural, this practice can help keep you focused on your body and your baby.
Giving and Receiving is not ideal for the mother to use during birth unless she feels that there is something to be healed for her or the baby. However, the partner can use this method to channel healing into the mother and/or baby.
Can I use Calm Birth for a medical birth?
Absolutely—in fact, Calm Birth is highly encouraged for medical births. The immune system empowerment is ideal for the potential side effects of anesthesia, and speeds healing from invasive procedures.
During the administration of an epidural, Womb Breathing can be used to focus the woman and keep her still during the crucial points. After the epidural has taken effect, the partners can use Practice of Opening to deeply connect with the baby and stay focus on the miraculous process that is still taking place, though the sensations of labor are not as tangible. Throughout labor and during pushing, Womb Breathing is ideal to continue to nurture the baby and deeply connect.
Cesareans, whether planned or not, also provide an important opportunity to deeply connect with the baby through the breath, supporting him or her through the birth with love and nourishment. Practice of Opening can be a good way to center the woman in her body before the operation, and Womb Breathing should be used throughout by both partners to maintain empowerment, connection, and optimal functioning. If you can listen to the audioguide using headphones or speakers, it can help you stay centered throughout the procedure.
These practices can also be used after the birth to help heal any emotional trauma or physical impacts.
Is meditation religious?
Meditation is, in and of itself, not a religious practice. While different practices of meditation and prayer have been applied to many religions, the meditations used in Calm Birth are not exclusive to any one religion, and have been used by people with many different systems of spiritual thinking.
How is Calm Birth different from other childbirth methodologies?
Calm Birth is unique from other childbirth methodologies in its application of ancient and modern meditation science to the pregnant and birthing body. No other methodologies teach complete breathing, channeling vital energy from the air into the body of parents and child. While most childbirth methodologies are focused on natural birth, Calm Birth applies to all types of childbirth. Additionally, while other childbirth methodologies end with birth, Calm Birth offers tools to empower parenthood and life itself.
How often should I practice?
When you are first beginning to practice, it is ideal to use Womb Breathing at least once a day, and then take several minutes throughout the day to practice this new type of breathing. Womb Breathing is best used in the morning, so that you can set the intention to breathe this way for every breath of the day. Eventually, you will find that this type of breathing comes naturally. Then, you may decide to try the meditation without the audioguide, simply sitting into empowered breathing for 15-20 minutes. Maintaining a regular practice is important, as the benefits increase with consistency. You can always switch from self-practice to the audioguide as you like. Womb Breathing is the most important practice to cultivate, and if you only have time to do one meditation in a day, please do this.
Practice of Opening is another to use daily, if possible. Because it is deeply relaxing, Practice of Opening is best used at the end of the day or during an afternoon break.
Giving and Receiving is to be used as needed, when something needs to be healed.
When should I start?
It is never too late or too early to start the practices—from preconception to active labor! Starting early in pregnancy increases the benefits for the entire family, but benefits will still be received no matter when you start.