Two types of breathing you may find helpful in labor are slow breathing and quick breathing. Slow breathing is used by many women in the earlier stages of labor and beyond. Breathe….moaning. Women will often move to quick breathing almost instinctively in late labor just before they begin pushing. Try taking quick breaths…contractions. Breathe fully in a slow rhythm during contractions. Release tension with each exhalation and try moaning. Also try taking quick breaths, about one every 2 to 3 seconds (20 to 30 per minute). If you lose your rhythm, your partner needs to help you regain it with eye contact, rhythmic hand or head movements, or by talking you through contractions.