If you were asked which you would choose, a powerful experience or a painful experience, what would your answer be?
Most people would choose a powerful experience.
Why is it then that the majority of women find themselves approaching labour and birth as a painful experience and not a powerful one?
There is undeniably pain involved in birthing babies but the manageability of that pain can be greatly improved by a positive mental attitude. Preparing for the specific pains of labour (not the same as pain from disease or injury) should be a journey that every pregnant woman takes, and yet so often, preparation goes only as far as what medication is available.
Over the next few weeks I shall take a look at what pain in labour is really about, why it frightens women so much and what we can do to put ourselves in a stronger position and turn a potential negative into a big positive.