Conference speaker BBEA Boston Oct 31-Nov 2

Tess Graham has been invited to speak at the annual conference of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association of North America.


Breathing for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

This presentation is about breathing knowledge for general health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and their unborn child and to enhance labour and the birthing process.

Dysfunctional breathing during pregnancy can contribute to snoring and sleep apnoea and have detrimental effects on both the woman and her unborn child. Sleep disordered breathing during pregnancy is associated with low Apgar scores at birth and a higher risk of pre-eclampsia. This is a significant public health issue – it is estimated that 25% of pregnant women in the western world snore.

This presentation will cover respiratory physiology in the pregnant woman and the unborn child and in the early period after birth. This presentation will enable breathing educators to convey valuable information to pregnant women to contribute to ongoing wellbeing for mother and child.


Tess Graham (BSc, Post Grad Dip Physiotherapy, Dip Buteyko Breathing Method) has devoted over 20 years to breathing education and breathing retraining, uncovering the essential principles of good breathing and applying them in the simplest way to achieve extraordinary outcomes. She has presented breathing retraining programs to over 5500 people.

Tess has presented her “Breathing for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond” full day workshop to physiotherapists, midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators. The workshop has been very successful in enhancing these practitioners’ work around breathing and helping them to integrate optimal breathing into the birthing process.


“Would you like to help calm women? I have taught breathing for years, and yet I didn’t fully understand the physiological process of breathing until I met Tess. The implications of this information antenatally and on the birth process is huge and is a must know for every person working with women during pregnancy and in labour. When we can help a woman to make a few adjustments and improvements in her breathing, we can influence factors like pre-eclampsia, hypertension, digestive function, circulation to the brain and uterus, oxygen uptake efficiency, anxiety levels to name just a few.  This is such incredibly valuable information.”   Tracey Anderson Askew, Accredited Childbirth Educator, Registered Calmbirth® Facilitator


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