Birth Preparation: 10 Minute Meditation for Labor and Delivery

Every woman is different, and every one will respond differently to different types of practice. It is best to try different methods in the months leading up to delivery to determine what will work best for you. Actress and Yogi, Jessica James guides you through a meditation designed to help prepare you mentally for labor and delivery.

As with regular meditation practice, meditation during childbirth can produce many physiological benefits, including the regulation and balance of hormones. Meditation has been shown to decrease levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and can increase hormones such as melatonin and DHEA, which help boost the immune system and promote a sense of calm.

In addition to its impact on the production of hormones and other chemicals in the body, meditation can also help to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and helping to reduce anxiety. High levels of anxiety have been shown to decrease tolerance for pain, so meditation can also help to alleviate pain by reducing anxiety.