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The Three Rs of Childbirth

Penny Simkin most famously described the 3 Rs of Childbirth as “the essence of coping in labor.” While a conscious effort can be made to relax throughout the course of labor, Simkin noted that expressions of rhythm and ritual often occurred spontaneously, are personally meaningful to each woman, and are often unrelated to techniques learned in structured childbirth education. In other words, as labor progresses and becomes more active and intense, a woman’s responses to it become more intuitive.

This is a perfect example of why a mother needs to feel safe and supported in her birth space. In order to access her primal, instinctual brain, she has to feel comfortable retreating from her physical surroundings and further into her body. In a supportive environment, she can follow her labor and her body’s cues to bring her baby out.

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