Breathing for Pregnancy Birth and Beyond

Better breathing, better sleep, less snoring in pregnancy
Enhance birth process and wellbeing of mother & baby with optimal breathing

1-day workshop for midwives, childbirth educators and physiotherapists

6 hour online course for midwives, childbirth educators and physiotherapists (coming soon)

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Article by Tess Graham –   Snoring in Pregnancy- Risks, Reasons and Remedies
published in Australian Midwifery News – Winter 2017


This course is designed for midwives, childbirth educators and physiotherapists who are interested in breathing knowledge and skills for general health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and to enhance the birth process. Breathing is the most fundamental of all body functions and an essential element of the birthing process.

We take for granted our ability to breathe. But we can breathe well, or we can breathe poorly. Dysfunctional breathing is a primary cause of snoring and can contribute to muscle tension and cramping, lightheadedness, and fear and a stress response during labour. A habitually dysfunctional breathing pattern may well be present in many pregnant women, as is in the general population. It underlies many chronic health conditions including asthma, rhinitis, anxiety, panic attacks, snoring and sleep apnoea.

Tess Graham, a physiotherapist and breathing educator presents a powerful and practical workshop to enable health practitioners to enhance their work around breath during the birthing process and through better understanding of breathing, to contribute to ongoing wellbeing for mother and child.

 This one-day (6 hours) workshop covers

  • Basic physiology of breathing.
  • The mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing.
  • The connection between dysfunctional breathing habits and the pain and progress of labour.
  • How to identify dysfunctional breathing habits.
  • The essential first steps to better breathing.
  • Myths and misunderstandings about breathing.
  • Explaining optimal breathing to your clients.
  • Reducing snoring in pregnancy.
  • Integrating optimal breathing into the birthing process.
  • Teaching clients strategies to help them breathe better, sleep better and perform better in daily life.

Workshop Leader
Tess Graham (BSc, Post Grad Dip Physiotherapy, Dip BM) has devoted 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 is author of the book, Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (Penguin 2012). Tess is a specialist in both the science and art of breathing.

What people have said about Tess Graham’s Workshop on Breathing for Birth and Beyond.

“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

“A wonderful Workshop that changed the way I look at how much breathing impacts our bodies, physically and emotionally. I came away with tools I can use to help anxious women immediately. Highly recommended.”
Vickie Hingston-Jones, Doula, Childbirth Educator and Complementary Therapist.

“Tess Graham’s Breathing for Birth and Beyond workshop is a gentle approach to breathing throughout pregnancy and for her life after. I was surprised at the role CO2 played as a relaxant to the smooth muscle of the uterus and how influential it is on the birth process. I also appreciated the role that diet plays. Worthwhile for any practitioner to relearn the normal physiological basics of breathing.”
Amanda Axelby Student Midwife

To register your interestContact us

To arrange a workshop for your association or hospital:

Phone: +61 (0)401368197


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