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The Importance of Support and Relaxation
Learning how to relax and to focus internally are integral parts of childbirth education programs. Relaxation and self-awareness will tend
to create increased well-being for both you and your baby and increase your chances for a positive birth experience. In order to increase the
'love' hormone, oxytocin, and the body's natural pain killers, beta -endorphins, and to decrease the stress hormones it is essential to
feel confident and have a sense of safety, to have private time and quietness, to be in familiar places with supportive interactions with
others and feeling loved (Simkin et al. 2010).
- When relaxed you have steadier blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates; your blood flow will be more regular to
the uterus, placenta and fetus; you'll have healthier immune system functioning; your emotional states and responses
to stressful stimuli will be healthier and your levels of fear and anxiety will be less
(Nichols and Humenick 2000).
- In preparation for labor, perinatal specialists recommend women practice deep sustained levels of relaxation for 45-60
minutes without falling asleep, especially in the last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy (Samuels and Samuels 1996).
- Individualized hands-on time with a massage practitioner presents an unique and potent experience of support and
relaxation. Massage therapy ambience is very conducive to relaxation, providing a quiet, undisturbed place that encourages
and sustains a deep, regular rate of breathing.
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