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.
With all the haunting and spooking of Halloween, October seems like the perfect time to explore the topic of childbirth fear. This month-long exploration will look at some of the more common philosophies about fear of childbirth, as well as the ways
A friend posted this article today, which reminded me of a growing problem in health care–patient satisfaction isn’t correlated with better patient outcomes. [In fact, the most satisfied patients are 12 percent more likely to be hospitalized and 26 percent more likely to die, according