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Childbirth

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Compiled by Courtney B. Lacy
December 1999



Lamaze, breathing, and relaxation exercises

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Internet Address: http://www.most.org.pl/new-civi/GIB/BOV/BV-5.HML

Frederick Leboyer is the author of 'Birth Without Violence' , a resource which depicts childbirth for the first time through the eyes of the newborn. He now is attempting to launch a second revolution in the way childbirth is envisaged - this time by encouraging the mother to take up Indian chanting and thus to transform pregnancy and childbirth into a spiritual experience. In essence, Leboyer is suggesting that the mother breathe in deeply and slowly from the belly, chanting a loud pure sound on the outbreath and with the contraction, and then waiting at the end of the outbreath for the contraction to be over before breathing in again.

Internet Address: http://www.soap.org/obpamph.htm

This site includes a description of pain relief options during childbirth and frequently asked questions. IT is helpful for expecting mothers who may be leery of labor and what to expect.

Internet Address: http://weber.u.washington.edu/80/~dboone/key/subjects/arthrities/xzzzuzzz1_2.html

Dwelling on pain, acute or chronic, won't help the pain go away. Taking focus off the pain and onto something more positive can help distract patients from it. Taking note of what body positions hurt the least can be another way of reducing unneeded pain. Relaxation techniques are helpful for reducing anxiety and the pain that is increased with it..

Internet Address: http://weber.u.washington.edu/80/~dboone/key/subjects/arthrities/xzzzuzzz1_2.html

Dwelling on pain, acute or chronic, won't help the pain go away. Taking focus off the pain and onto something more positive can help distract patients from it. Taking note of what body positions hurt the least can be another way of reducing unneeded pain. Relaxation techniques are helpful for reducing anxiety and the pain that is increased with it..

Internet Address: http://www.onhealth.com/ch1/in-depth/item/item,14318_1_1.asp

Acute pain. Labor and Birth. Physical rehabilitation. Memory recall. Muscle activation. Music has made its way into the medicine chest for a pantheon of disorders. How does it work? Researchers are still investigating the mysterious linkages between auditory stimulation and physical response. "We don't know the answer as black and white as we'd like to," says Dr. Hunter. But while hard scientific conclusions remain elusive, music is known to be a "strong stimulus for reinforcing patterns of activity within the cortex," says Dr. Joseph Arezzo, professor of neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Internet Address: http://www.parentsplace.com/pregnancy/labor/qa/0,3105,90,00.html

Q: I would like to know if music during delivery could have a positive effect on the child and also on the delivery.

A: During labor if you play music that is associated with pleasant memories, your body will automatically respond favorably.... It can't hurt.



Internet Address: http://www.parentsoup.com/americanbaby/articles/handlingpain2.html

There are many methods for lessening pain during labor. Music can help shut out distracting sounds and provide a pleasant atmosphere and relaxation while giving birth. Patterned breathing, meditation, and other techniques which focus on the purpose and not the pain can also provide a lessening of pain.

Internet Address: http://www.mayohealth.org/mayo/9606/painmgmt.htm

This site provides detailed information about acute and chronic pain and describes many types of therapies used in pain management. Technical information is provided in descriptions that are easy to understand. Emotional states are taken into consideration. Most of all, relaxation and attitude are stressed as factors leading to success in pain management.

Internet Address: http://home.att.net/~bkbrunk/medic.html

The childbirth experience can be enhanced by music therapy. Music can provide a focus of attention and provide pain distraction/relief for the laboring mother. Exercises for the mother-to-be can be put to music and help provide a structure for breathing techniques.

Internet Address: http://www.thriveonline.com/health/Library/CAD/abstract21791.html

Music can help relieve all types of pain. Musically sedated people have been known to need 50% less anesthesia during surgery. Music can be beneficial to people of all ages and can even help medical staff when they are working. Music therapists know that music can be sedative and simulative and can help lessen pain during childbirth and rehabilitate stroke patients.


Birthing Methods

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Internet Address: http://www.childbirth.org/articles/labor/laborbasics.html

This sight describes Labor Basics. It includes questions that you want to know about labor but may have been afraid to ask. It also has links to post-labor necessities that are sometimes overlooked.

Internet Address: http://www.ihr.com/homeopat/pregnanc.html

Why is it that so many physicians seem to think that birth is a surgical solution to a nine-month disease? Although good medical care is so important for the health of the mother and infant in high-risk situations, physicians intervene too often in the birthing process, turning normal deliveries into medical emergencies. Homeopathic medicines are a literal godsend for many pregnant women who wish to avoid conventional drugs during this special time in their lives.


Complications and disabilities: Why use it/what to choose

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Internet Address: http://www.asoundbeginning.com/

This sight offers the first ever recordings, made during labor, from inside the womb. You will hear what the unborn baby hears--sounds from both inside and outside the womb. These outside sounds will include music, singing and a family conversation. After hearing the outside sounds --from inside the womb – you will understand why unborn babies can learn and form a memory of a simple piece of music . . . which we call a Womb Song.

Internet Address: http://www.most.org.pl/new-civi/GOB/BOV/BV-5.HTML

Frederick Leboyer, author of 'Birth Without Violence' which depicts childbirth for the first time through the eyes of the newborn, is attempting to launch a second revolution in the way childbirth is envisaged - this time by encouraging the mother to take up Indian chanting and thus to transform pregnancy and childbirth into a spiritual experience. In essence, Leboyer is suggesting that the mother breathe in deeply and slowly from the belly, chanting a loud pure sound on the outbreath and with the contraction; and then waiting at the end of the outbreath for the contraction to be over, before breathing in again.

Internet Address: http://www.soundfeelings.com/products/alternative_medicine/music_therapy/birth.htm

Transformational piano music to soothe mother and infant before, during and after childbirth. Music for
Birth, from Sound Feelings, is an audio cassette intended as adjunctive, supportive entrainment music to encourage relaxation and focusing for pregnancy and giving birth. This music is a helpful tool for natural childbirth, breast feeding, colic, newborn infants and nap time. It also provides a wonderful complement to midwifery and doulas.

Internet Address: http://www.birthpsychology.com/lifebefore/sound1.htm

Music has played an important role in different cultures since time immemorial. It has profoundly affected human beings in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. But only in this century has music begun to attract scientific attention. This sight covers the importance of music in prenatal and birthing times. It provides insight about what a baby can hear and how it will respond.

Internet Address: http://home.att.net/~bkbrunk/medic.html

Medical Music Therapy, the use of music therapy strategies in the treatment of illness and maintenance of health. This sight covers eight specialized reasons to use music in medicine. For example, to serve as the focus of attention and/or to structure exercise, a woman uses music in labor and delivery that has been programmed according to her preferences and choice of birthing technique.