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Breathe in, breathe out

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By Hyon O'Brien

Our daughters gave me an Apple watch last Christmas; I am still learning how to use it. Every day from time to time, this watch vibrates and tells me to stand and breathe. I used to ignore its instructions but now I tend to obey. I recognize the importance of standing and breathing intellectually but I am somewhat self-conscious doing it if I am with others. When my husband and I watch Korean dramas to keep up our modern Korean vocabulary (currently we are enjoying "Second to Last Love"), I don't hesitate to stand and breathe. He knows I am trying to comply with my watch's orders.

Speaking of breathing, have you ever heard of the Lamaze method? A French doctor, Fernando Lamaze (1891-1957), visited the Soviet Union in 1951 where he observed a birth preparation method in which mothers delivering babies were educated about pain management during childbirth by controlling their breathing. Lamaze introduced this method to the West.

I am grateful beneficiary of this wonderful method. In 1973 and 1976, for our two daughters' births, my husband and I attended classes to learn the proper way to breathe during contractions. I managed to deliver both babies with less pain (and without screaming). I give much credit to my husband for his steadfast encouragement, coaching and patient guidance to........

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