Nurture Your Baby with Your Breath During Pregnancy, Delivery and Infancy

Lesson Description

Breath practices can help you and your baby stay calm throughout your pregnancy, delivery, and beyond.

Evidence suggests that when pregnant mothers regulate their stress response systems through slow paced breathing they can calm the stress system of their babies in utero, increase their baby's birth weight, and reduce the likelihood of premature birth. We can mitigate the adverse effects of stress on ourselves and our children. In addition, these simple breathing practices improve oxygenation, reduce blood pressure, and activate our social engagement systems, which facilitate bonding, physiological regulation, feeding, and healthy emotional and social development.

Instructor: Dr. Patricia L. Gerbarg

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College, graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, now practices Integrative Psychiatry. She and her husband, Dr. Richard Brown, create Breath-Body-Mind courses, co-author award-winning books, and explore the mysterious and powerful connections between the breath and the mind.


Instructor: Phyllis Aries, BCST, OTR/L

Working on a high-risk maternity unit, Phyllis has been developing a Stress Reduction Program that incorporates Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, QiGong, Coherent Breathing, and Compassionate Listening. She uses these approaches to reduce stress on the parents and their baby, and to support nurturing during the baby’s hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit.