"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.
5 Signs it might be more than “baby blues” and how to get help
After a woman gives birth, a series of drastic changes take place in her body and her brain. There’s a flood of hormones that are meant to help her to care and nurture her baby. Sometimes, those same hormones can contribute to anxiety or depression. Couple that with the relentless tasks of learning to take care of a newborn, sleepless nights, and it’s a pretty good recipe for slipping into feelings of sadness. “The baby blues” is the common expression we hear for moms who may be weepy for no discernable reason during the early stages of postpartum. But PPD (postpartum depression) can be challenging and even dangerous postpartum mental health disorder that shouldn’t be overlooked.
5 Things you didn't know about home birth
Families seeking care at SCV have the option of giving birth in the comfort of their own homes. That’s because we strongly believe home birth can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Birth that happens at home is often peaceful, comfortable and joyous for everyone involved. But there are a lot of misconceptions about home birth that get tossed around, mostly out of fear of the unknown. While in many other countries, who have better birthing the U.S. giving birth at home is not the most common practice. Most mothers (about 95%) give birth in the hospital, though families seeking home birth have been steadily on the rise for several years.
What you need to know about having children at your birth
While it’s atypical in our culture to see children attending births, let alone participating in them, we don’t believe that (normal) birth is traumatizing. In fact, we believe that birth is a natural, normal part of our life cycle, therefore we think it’s wonderful for children to see it.