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The practice of toning in pregnancy and labour: participant experiences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10025286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Women, primarily from the author's childbirth education classes, were taught the practice of toning, i.e. voicing the exhalation of breath on a single pitch, using a vowel sound or a hum. Women were encouraged to explore toning during pregnancy and use it as a resource for labour. Postpartum, 22 women described their experiences with tone, pointing to a variety of effects such as increased ability to cope with pain, useful forms of focus, feelings of connection with nature, bodily vibration, relaxation, emotional release, diminished anxiety and a greater sense of power. Holistic aspects of breath and tone are described, as are specific applications of toning for pregnancy and labour. Carers who wish to use tone with clients are encouraged to develop a personal toning practice.
B Pierce
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in nursing & midwifery     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1353-6117     ISO Abbreviation:  Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-17     Completed Date:  1999-06-17     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506953     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery     Country:  SCOTLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-6     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Delivery, Obstetric / methods*,  nursing*
Holistic Nursing
Midwifery / methods*
Nurse Midwives
Nursing Evaluation Research
Obstetric Labor Complications / nursing,  prevention & control*
Pain / nursing,  prevention & control*
Relaxation Therapy*
Erratum In:
Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery 1998 Oct;4(5):152

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