Breathing Through Labor and Life

Lesly Federici

Lesly Federici is an experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse (RN), She's been teaching childbirth education for over 15 years. She currently teaches Mindful Meditation to expectant couples. Lslynotes has been helping women globally prepare for childbirth online since 1998. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you!

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  1. I have been practicing ‘focusing on breathing’, for the last 9 years, to reduce stress and derive several mind- body benefits. I have seen that it is a simple, doable and no-cost technique which works 24/7. In my experience, simply focusing on breathing automatically makes it slow and deep. The simplest mode of this technique is the ‘Tip mode’ described below –

    **** TIP MODE: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger. Breathe in and out three times, counting in the mind, every time you breathe out. During the first out breath count ‘one’, second out breath ‘two’ and during the third out breath ‘three’. Repeat the same steps at each of the next three finger tips. When you are at the thumb, place the tip of the index finger at the base of the thumb and breathe three times. Then switch to the other hand and repeat the same process. Continue practicing, switching the hands. You will feel its calming effect, by the time you complete 4 to 6 hands, which takes 2 to 3 minutes. You can use this mode, anywhere and anytime, even for a few seconds, to avert potential stress or dissolve built up stress!****

    For five other modes of ‘focusing on breathing’ – Segment mode, Counting mode, Feeling mode, Staring mode and 911 modes, please visit this page

    The 911 mode of breathing in through the mouth and blowing out slightly open lips specially useful for diverting the mind away from the pain or toning it down.

    • Lesly Federici says:

      Hello Suryannarayana,
      Thank you so much for your comment. Breathing to reduce stress is, as you say – available 24/7 and easy to do. I appreciate you adding your tips that readers can learn from! My best, Lesly

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