How Beliefs Influence Your Birth Experience
Here’s something to think about, how your personal beliefs affect your birth experience.
The other day I taught an all day childbirth class. There was one mom very concerned about the dad being in the labor room and seeing her in “pain”. The husband didn’t seem to be bothered so much about it – he wanted to be supportive and help her. The wife was from Bulgaria, the husband I believe was American.
She then shared with me that she was taught by her family and her culture – showing you’re in pain is a sign of weakness. Fathers are not allowed in the labor room. They wait in a waiting room.
For this mom, having her husband in the labor room is causing her a lot of stress and anxiety. My response was they should talk more about it between themselves – in depth, and honor her wishes. This is not something she can change overnight. These are cultural beliefs that are deeply embedded and need to be respected and worked with.
The last thing this mom needs to do during labor is worry, panic, about her husband! The stress response will be activated and potentially make her labor more challenging.
This is a great example of how personal beliefs can affect the birthing experience.
Is there anything that comes up for you that could influence your labor – how you may respond to it based on your culture, beliefs about childbirth? Think about it. We ALL have personal preconceptions about birth. Whatever they are, they’ll be right with you in the labor room.
The sooner you discover what they are, if any, the less stress you’ll experience during labor.