I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper. But more importantly, I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful when preparing for child birth.
Part Three – My Birthing Guide
How to Bust Through Birthing Fear
The biggest key to a natural birth is to trust the wisdom of your body. Busting through fear was the biggest hurdle in my birthing preparation. I was really scared of all the things that could go “wrong”, but mostly of the pain.
Fear can elicit the stress response, and stress has been found to delay or even stop the birthing process. When a woman was giving birth in the wild, if a tiger was to appear in the distance, the stress response delays labour to enable the woman to move to a safe location. But when we are unnecessarily stressed during labour, a woman’s cervix can even reduce dilation! So by reducing fear, we can reduce the likelihood of eliciting the stress response. And here’s how: