I have included the story that inspired me to get the word BREATHE into Women"s minds as we are all so stressed with living and need to inhale and exhale more.
This is the story behind the poster. After I spent Christmas morning last year at Somerset Hospital handing out Shoe boxes with gifts to the Moms in Labour and Maternity Wards. I came away feeling sad as many of the Woman labour alone, without any guidance as to how to cope with the pain, even if they have Family Members with them, they themselves do not know how to assist and are stressed to see loved ones in pain.
Midwives in Hospitals are often busy and overworking with the Medical Technical aspects of the job, they often do not have the time to help Woman BREATHE and if a Doula is not present the Woman feel so afraid, which affects the progress of labour and the unborn baby too..
I have been a Doula the last 9 years attending almost 300 births, I am also a Yoga Teacher who studied in India, Colour Therapist, Aromatherapist and Reflexologist and have spent the last 30 years either teaching relaxation or treating Woman to relax.
I thought if in each Labour Ward in both Government and Private Maternity Units we could have this poster I have attached below, on the wall to simply remind Woman in labour as well as Medical Staff to BREATHE it would assist their minds and that relaxes the body too.
Essentially when one Breathes in you fill your belly and chest with oxygen like a balloon and on the out breath relax diaphragm and let go down and out.If you are keen to assist our WOMAN in labour, their newborn Babies and the staff working in the units as well.
Please find time to email me back ASAP with your
Contact Person, Postal Address, and how many POSTERS you would need in your Unit SO WE CAN POST THEM TO YOU.
Poster created by WOMBS(woman offering mothers birth support) Committee Members which says BREATHE in 11 languages.English,Afrikaans,8 S African languages and French and using the colours of S African flag. The butterfly is our logo but stands for new beginnings hope ,the shape reminds us of human lungs and shape of human pelvis.
Thanks and Blessings
Gayle Friedman 0829584801.