Preparing for labor
They don’t call it labor because it’s easy. Labor is a difficult process and it can be very painful. But, every woman is different in how they experience the pain. Some bodies progress quickly and easily in childbirth. Some do not. We have to prepare ourselves for all possibilities.
Education is the best way to approach a new and unknown experience. The known is much less fearful than the unknown. And a lack of fear leads to less anxiety. Childbirth classes are a valuable educational tool to learn about the experience ahead and methods of relaxation and pain relief. Some women are able to get through the entire experience without any medications, but for other women, pain medications and epidurals allow them to relax and enjoy the experience. Ultimately, you may not be able to have a vaginal birth and a Cesarean Section may be necessary. There is a reason that the maternal and child morbidity are so low in the U.S. compared to third world countries. One in 7 women in the Sudan dies in childbirth. Only 7.7 women per 100,000 die in childbirth in the U.S. Modern medicine allows women to survive situations that they would have surely died from years ago.
Having your baby is worth every bit of the difficulties
The most important thing to remember is why you are there. You are there to have a baby. When all is said and done, once you’ve had the baby, no matter what you had to do to make that happen, you have succeeded! No woman who has had a baby in any way form or fashion should feel like anything other than a hero. As I look at my 3 beautiful children, I know that I accomplished what I went to those hospitals to do. And it was worth every bit of it!
Learn more about childbirth and the resources available at these websites: Childbirth.org and Childbirth Connection.org.