Disclaimer: Please note that information in this section may not be 100% correct, so please consult your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.
Psychology of Labour
“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” – Mary Manin Morrissey
It’s completely normal to have fears and doubts about labour, but keep in mind that those fears and negative thoughts can then impact your physical welfare, ultimately resulting in either going overdue or a more difficult labour.
Mull over your fears either on your own or talk about them with someone you trust. It’s also good to keep a journal to record your thoughts. In addition to writing down your fears, its also beneficial to write down what you are excited about! After a while, try to write down less negative thoughts, and more positive ones.
If you’re still struggling with fears surrounding labour, birth, or postpartum, try writing down positive solutions that might accompany those issues.
Overall, fear is normal, but to be able to have the best birthing experience possible, you need to overcome those fears or at least go in with a positive mental state. Keep telling yourself that you are in good hands, you are safe, you are capable, and you are strong.
Even if things don’t go exactly as planned, if you go in with a positive attitude, your overall experience will be better.
Here are some common fears that can go along with labour and birth;
Fear of the unknown.
Fear surrounding the things they’ve heard.
Fear from past experiences.
Homebirths - fear of something happening to baby or mom.
Hospital - Fear of hospitals in general.
Fear of needles.
Fear of interventions.
Fear of pooping while pushing.
Fear of being vulnerable.
What are some fears that you may need to work through?