This week we’ve been looking at ways childbirth educators think about managing women’s fear of childbirth. We talked about education and relaxation, but today I want to talk about ignoring the fear. If you can’t think of any natural childbirth theories that
We’ve been talking about fear of childbirth, and last week we spent some time in the research looking at sources of fear. Today I’d like to change gears and begin looking at ways childbirth professionals think about dealing with women’s fears. First
When I began working in the birth world I was told women were afraid of childbirth because of the media portrayal of birth. Television, movies, and magazines were teaching women to be afraid by their unrealistic labors and horror stories. So, is
It turns out that isn’t an easy question to answer. To prepare for a recent study on the effects of fear on the childbirth experience, the researchers found between 5 and 40 percent of women fear childbirth. The number varies based on
Last week we looked at the philosophy that fear of childbirth is normal. Today we have an equally interesting exploration… what does it mean to believe fear in childbirth is “taught.” What assumptions do we make when we believe this. How does
Don’t read too much into the provocative title, it is simply the first philosophy about fear we will discuss. Today we will explore what it means to believe fear in childbirth is “normal.” What assumptions do we make when we believe this.