Q&A Clearing your biggest birth fears

Most women have some degree of fear around pushing a baby out! Not surprising when it's a pretty big unknown and there is a very high chance of pain involved!

Here are some simple ways that you can help clear your fears and take your power back.

Q. I’m terrified of tearing. Is there anything that I can do to help myself?

A. Absolutely. You can help yourself by preparing your perineal tissues before the birth by using a technique called perineal massage. By practicing this massage daily from 34 weeks onwards you will be able to stretch and soften the perineal tissues. The benefit of this is that area of your body will be better prepared for the pressure of your baby’s head and so the tissues will open and yield more easily when the time comes. This can greatly reduce or even prevent tearing.

Q. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to deal with the pain of natural childbirth. Besides having drugs, is there anything natural I can do to help myself?

A. Yes, there are a number or natural options that have been proven to help with the pain of childbirth and the best of all of these is your own mind. What I mean by that is your thoughts, beliefs and fears have a direct impact on how your brain perceives pain.

By releasing your fears and teaching your body to relax you can actively reduce or eliminate the pain of childbirth.

This can be achieved through yoga, breathing exercises, HypnoBirthing, waterbirth and having the right support. Research has shown that having a doula present can increase your chances of a natural delivery, reduce your need for drugs and encourage a much more positive birth experience.