"I'm afraid to give birth": Gentle reminders to calm your nerves
Author: SCV Birth Center
Some women go into their child’s birth feeling calm, cool and collected. They simply trust in their body's innate ability to grow and deliver a baby. But others, no matter how hard they try, have a harder time calming their nerves. It's understandable because birth can be unpredictable. It can also be especially anxiety-inducing if you've never been through it or have had a difficult experience in the past.
Often times, women feel at a loss for what to expect. And it’s true that there are a lot of unknowns which can leave women scared and overwhelmed. What will it feel like? Will I be able to handle the pain? What if something goes wrong? These are all normal questions that most women who are about to become mothers have asked themselves.
3 Ways to (really) prepare for your birth
Flip open any book on giving birth and you might instantly feel bombarded with all of the things you should be doing to prepare. Eat healthy and never cheat, exercise daily, take this class, and that one. While none are bad ideas, the truth is, preparing for birth is mostly a state of mind. You have to harness your inner power. You have to believe in yourself. And you have to trust your body to do its most important work.
What do we mean when we talk about "evidence based birth"?
When you’re expecting and find yourself instantly inducted into the world of all things pregnancy and birth, you start to hear the the term “evidence-based birth” getting thrown around a lot. As birth workers, we understand what this kind of care looks like, what it doesn’t look like, and most importantly why it’s so beneficial to moms and babies. But what are we really talking about when we use this phrase? Is it just birth-people lingo for the ultimate birthing experience? Well, kind of.
But let’s break it down a little, shall we?
The Myth of the due date- What you need to know about going post-date
Most times when a woman finds out she is pregnant, one of the first prenatal appointments involves giving her a “due date.” This is the point in time when her baby is expected to arrive. If not on the date, the expectation is usually that she will give birth very close to the due date whether or not is based on evidence.