How does Bub & Bloom® Work?

The idea of deep relaxation to reduce pain in labour is not a new phenomenon. The obstetrician, Dr Grantly Dick Read (1889–1959), through his clinical work and research discovered that by removing fear and tension, pain is diminished. This programme draws on Dr Read’s original theory as well as current evidence based research which validates many of his initial observations.

We can’t avoid all sources of stress in our lives, nor would we want to. But we can develop healthier ways of responding to stress and fear. One way is to invoke the relaxation response, through a technique first developed in the 1970s at Harvard Medical School by cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson. Dr Benson explains that we can all evoke a bodily calm which has the opposite effect of the well known ‘fight and flight’ response.  The relaxation response is a state of profound rest that can be elicited in many ways, including meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Breath focus is a common feature of several techniques that evoke the relaxation response. The first step is learning to breathe correctly,  the second is to be mindful and practice getting into your ‘zone’.

Through his and many others research we are able to measure how our beliefs, values, thoughts and feelings have physical manifestations.

  • During Bub & Bloom® classes couples are taught how to evoke this ‘relaxation response’ by tapping into the subconscious resources we all naturally possess, not only for the birth of your baby but for all life situations.
  • Classes also outline the physiology of the birthing body, emphasizing the role of the muscles, nervous system and hormones prior to, during and after birth.
  • Breathing techniques are also taught for their powerful effect on the body. Mothers can utilize these skills very effectively during labour and birth, oxygenating the uterus, diminishing pain, inducing calm and bringing back focus so that all situations can be met with calm insight and understanding.
  • In short, Bub & Bloom® allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as they are intended to.