The Birth Languages


Intuition

This language is solitary. The woman who is intuitive during her labor goes within herself as a coping mechanism and requires privacy. She may utilize music, meditation, and visualization as coping methods during labor. Partners supporting the woman who speaks this birth language must work to protect her birth space and provide additional actions of comfort as needed.


Movement

This language is active. The woman who uses the Birth Language of Movement is not content to sit or lie still during her labor and will need physical support from her birth team as she follows the motions of her body. Characteristics of this language include a variety of movement, such as dance, frequent position changes, walking, and cuddling with her partner.


Touch

The woman who speaks the Birth Language of Touch requires a lot of touch from her partner and birth team to feel comforted. Types of touch may include massage, acupressure, hand holding, and hip squeezes. Throughout her labor, touch is her primary source of comfort, however, there may be certain times during which she needs space and does not want to be touched. During these times, the birth team must allow the woman the time needed to listen to her body and continue with labor progression.


Vocalization

This woman may use any manner of speech to cope with labor, including moaning, growling, crying, cursing, or singing. She may also chant as though in meditation to comfort herself. Partners supporting her may need to help her utilize her vocal tones to keep the throat open by making low sounds. Partners will also want to become comfortable with mirroring the sounds the woman makes during labor.

The Birth Languages


Intuition

This language is solitary. The woman who is intuitive during her labor goes within herself as a coping mechanism and requires privacy. She may utilize music, meditation, and visualization as coping methods during labor. Partners supporting the woman who speaks this birth language must work to protect her birth space and provide additional actions of comfort as needed.


Movement

This language is active. The woman who uses the Birth Language of Movement is not content to sit or lie still during her labor and will need physical support from her birth team as she follows the motions of her body. Characteristics of this language include a variety of movement, such as dance, frequent position changes, walking, and cuddling with her partner.


Touch

The woman who speaks the Birth Language of Touch requires a lot of touch from her partner and birth team to feel comforted. Types of touch may include massage, acupressure, hand holding, and hip squeezes. Throughout her labor, touch is her primary source of comfort, however, there may be certain times during which she needs space and does not want to be touched. During these times, the birth team must allow the woman the time needed to listen to her body and continue with labor progression.


Vocalization

This woman may use any manner of speech to cope with labor, including moaning, growling, crying, cursing, or singing. She may also chant as though in meditation to comfort herself. Partners supporting her may need to help her utilize her vocal tones to keep the throat open by making low sounds. Partners will also want to become comfortable with mirroring the sounds the woman makes during labor.

 

Intuition

Movement

Touch

Vocalization