The 3 Best Breathing Techniques to Make Labor Easier and Faster

Nurse- Midwife Marilyn Smith BSN, RN, CLC, Coach

Helping Moms to Succeed in the Best Outcomes the First Time!

Hello mamas ! We are talking about 3 breathing techniques that will make your labor easier and faster. And who does not want an easier and better labor. I know for sure that we all do! During my many years as a midwife, I have encountered so many women who breathe too fast and because of this they make their labor less effective. Please note that this content is not recommended as the only reference for you to learn from. I highly recommend you attend one of our virtual or online birth classes .

I want all the mamas to have confidence in their breathing and work cohesively with the process for better outcomes. Some of these moms even hold their breath. This can be very traumatic for persons who go into labor not knowing what to expect. Knowledge that is true is powerful ! If you know the tools that will fix something you use it to get results; but if you do not use the tools to fix the problem you never fix the problem.

Hyperventilating , screaming, and making loud noises give you MORE pain, anxiety, and worry during labor. Being out of control possesses a higher risk for mom and baby. When you are out of control, you actually allow blood flow to move away from your uterus and this can slow down your progress as oxygen is diverted in other places of your body that do not need it.

Knowing how to breathe during labor is the nugget that will help you to master those surges/ contractions, so that you can have a happier, and easier birth. As a midwife, it is my sincere desire to know that you have a wonderful birth experience. If you are new here , I welcome you and would love to hear your comments/ questions.

Technique #1 The Destressor Breathe
During the Early Stage of Labor

The destressor breath is the name of the technique that is suggested for the first stage of labor and it does exactly what it says: Reduces stress. Did you know that when fear, pain and anxiety is removed in labor; everything functions so much better? Let’s find out marabout this important element.

You got this mama because God has you in the palm of His Hands!

This breath is so vital to help you have a wonderful birth experience. No matter what type of labor you have this type of breathing will make your experience a better one.
How to do it?
To perform the destressor breath you inhale through your nose for 4-6 seconds and exhale through your mouth for about 6-8 seconds.

You don’t have to go that long, just outlive the inhale breath. When your contractions begin. At the onset and end of each contraction, take a deep breath.

This is frequently described as a purifying or calming breath.

As your contraction begins, take a slow, deep breath in. Then, as you gently exhale, let go of all bodily tension from your head to your toes. It’s common to call this an organizing breath.

Pause after taking a slow, nasal breath. Next, slowly exhale through your mouth.

Concentrate on relaxing a specific body part with each exhalation.

Technique #2 During the First (Active) Stage Of Labor

As your labor progresses learn how to allow the process to flow!

In the course of labor

  • Start by taking a calming breath.
  • Use your nose to take in air, and your mouth to exhale it.
  • As much as you can, keep your breathing slow, but as the contraction gets stronger, speed it up.
  • Let your shoulders drop.
  • Change to gentle breathing both in and out via your mouth at a pace of around one breath per second as the contraction peaks.

Technique#3 Breathing During Transition Stage (8-10cms)

earn how to breathe during the final lap of labor!

Breathe more slowly and return to using your nose to inhale and your mouth to exhale when the contraction’s intensity decreases.
inhaling in between

Transition breathing can assist in reducing emotions of hopelessness and weariness as you move to light breathing during active labor (step 5 above).

  • Breathe in deeply to organize.
  • One object, one person, one spot on the wall—concentrate your focus on that one item.
  • Breathe in and out through your mouth every 1 to 10 seconds or so during the duration of a contraction / surge. Mama you can do this. Stay positive, no matter what. Think about your scriptures, baby, and more.
  • Blow out a deeper breath every fourth or fifth time.
  • Take a deep breath to relax after the contraction is finished.

Technique # 3 The Second Stage and ready to push

Let’s learn how to breathe when it is time to push

  • Breathe in deeply to organize.
  • Keep your attention on the baby as it descends and emerges.
  • Slowly inhale, following each contraction.
  • Breathing should be adjusted for comfort.
  • Take a deep breath in and gently exhale as you bear down when you feel the want to push.
  • Take two deep breaths to calm yourself down after the contraction is through.


Overview of topic: “The 3 Best Breathing Techniques to Make Labor Easier and Faster”

During birthing, these breathing techniques can be a helpful and effective comfort measures, to give you relief during this challenging time in your life. These techniques can be useful for our everyday lives as we experience stressful situations that can bring fear, tension, and anxiety.

To promote the best possible health for both you and your unborn child, make regular appointments with your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. One of those appointments is when you can talk about comfort techniques like these.

Remember God is with you. He has promised never to leave us, no matter what. Remember if you trust in the living God, all things are working together for your good. Romans 8:28.

Breathe easier for a faster labor
You will be filled with the experience of a lifetime!

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