There is a misconception in modern childbirth. It is that childbirth should be painless. Women today are being raised to believe that a painless birth is a good birth. The word and concept of “pain” has negative connotations for many.
Your birth journey is just that – your experience. Own YOUR birth journey. It is not a competition with your friends, family, and the internet. The only competition you have is with yourself. Your expectations, your goals, your beliefs, and your biology.
Fear can stop you in your tracks. Leave you frozen, unable to move forward and unable to move backward. Clarity of thought disappears, your muscles lock up, tension increases, and pain, both perceived and real, is magnified. Managing fear is critical in childbirth. With training and practice, it is possible to disengage from the fear. In order to do this, you must recognize the fear, stop, take a minute to breathe and practice the techniques outlined below.