If you’ve been doing research on labor and delivery, odds are you have come across countless horror stories.
These stories can make you feel even more anxious about your upcoming delivery or even downright scared of giving birth.
It’s human nature to want to share these. But truth is, many births go really well and without complications.
Many women give birth in a calm, loving environment, without fear, and without anxiety. This type of birth is totally possible, the key is to learn about childbirth and prepare well for it.
PREPARING FOR CHILDBIRTH WHEN YOUR SCARED TO GIVE BIRTH
One of the most important ways to ensure a great labor and delivery experience is to prepare well for childbirth. There are many ways to prepare yourself.
Most importantly, educate yourself on what to expect and create a great action plan for birthing!
Simply put, your action plan should be something along the lines of, learning as much as possible about pregnancy and birthing, how to minimize pain, and how to stay mentally centered.
You can do this by reading inspiring childbirth books, watching youtube videos (although make sure they are inspiring or informative!) and taking a prenatal course.
1. FIND GOOD EDUCATION ON CHILDBIRTH
If you’re a reader there are many fantastic books on birthing! My personal favorite is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.
It’s focused on natural childbirth and written by “the mother” of midwifery. She is very blunt, and the book is full of very detailed photos of women birthing.
If these kinds of things bother you, this book is probably not for you.
There are other great books out there too though.
2. TAKE AN AWESOME COURSE
A big priority before birth should be finding a great childbirth course. It may even be a requirement at some birth centers if it’s your first birth.
It’s for good reason too. Finding positive information on birth is essential to start getting your mind wrapped around having a positive experience.
In the past, women usually had to go to a hospital to get good information through a course.
This is still a great option if your hospital has childbirth classes offered that fit you and your partner’s schedule.
Make sure when choosing a class you find an instructor who can share the positive aspects of giving birth as well as provide pain management techniques and other methods for reducing your fears.
One of my favorite birthing courses focuses on stopping the fear of birth and reducing the pain. I went through this whole course myself, and cannot rave enough about it. You care read my full Kopa Birth Class Review here.
By educating yourself on everything that can happen during childbirth, you can better manage your fears.
3. CREATE A BIRTH PLAN
Creating a birth plan will help you take control of your birth and put you in the driver seat.
By making a plan of what you do and do not want during your birth, other things start becoming more important to you.
For example, it was so important to me that I got to have my uninterrupted golden hour with my baby. I wanted him directly on my chest after birth.
Once I created a birth plan and added that in, I felt a little better. Once I had written out and was able to see my plan, my fear decreased substantially.
Once I had a plan, I felt more ready.
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