Having a laboring mama practice attention focusing to divert labor pain is often used by doulas, nurses, and other labor...
Having a laboring mama practice attention focusing to divert labor pain is often used by doulas, nurses, and other labor support individuals. How attention focusing works: This technique can help to lessen labor pain by diverting the attention of the mama away from the labor. During contractions, a mama's labor support individual can prompt her to divert her attention away from the pain and focus on an item, thought, or sound. Ideas for attention focusing:
- Looking at a meaningful picture or object.
- Looking at something that reminds the mama that there is an actual baby coming - this makes the labor seem more positive, in that it reminds the mama that the pain is not abstract; it's happening for a reason. Ideas could be looking at a baby outfit, the sonogram images, or a special gift for the newborn (like a teddy bear).
- Focusing on touch like massage, hair brushing, or a hug.
- Concentrating on a special drill or chant - this usually involves a laboring mama repeating some sort of song or phrase over and over so that it becomes a rhythm and pattern not related to the rhythm and pattern of labor contraction pains.
- Listening to music, a soothing book on tape, or a movie.