Fear causes one to become tense, and that tension increases pain. The increased pain, in turn, increases fear. The cycle repeats.
(the fight or flight response = physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat)
Our hormones and neurotransmitters affect how we react. A fearful reaction is NOT what we want to happen in birth. So….
How can this cycle be broken? How can one limit (or even decrease) stress/fear/pain to birth?
Let’s break this cycle! I want you to feel safe at your birth and confident with your birthing choices. To allow for the oxytocin to flow and for your body to embrace their power.
HOW = mindset, physiological understanding, education (prenatal), information (evidence based), preparation (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually), purposeful activity (labour), supportive caregivers, a supportive birth team
You have the power to be confident and to decrease pain perception. Wishing you a beautiful birth experience!