February 16, 2022
In a nutshell…yes! So many people have fears and worries throughout their pregnancy – whether its “I hope my baby is ok”… or “what if I tear?” ....or “how will I cope with the pain?” or simply “how is my baby going to fit out of me?!”
It’s all perfectly normal. And it's not surprising given the society that we live in! We rarely see birth unless it's our own and our media delights in sharing a scary birth story. There is a lot of fear projected onto pregnant women – sometimes even from our own maternity services.
But whilst it’s really common to feel these fears, that doesn’t mean we should just put up with them. Why? Because they will impact the type of labour and birth that you experience, and how positively you feel about that experience.
When you feel any negative emotions such as fear, stress, anxiety, pressure, irritation… your body responds in the same way – by producing adrenaline. Adrenaline is also produced when we are in bright light, feeling unsafe, have a lack of privacy or feel like we’re being watched. Our bodies automatically respond to adrenaline by putting us into our emergency system.
So what do these mean?
Freeze: makes us stay as still and quiet as possible to stop us being eaten by a predator! In a birth context though? It means we don’t speak out, we don’t say no to something we don’t want and we don’t ask for the thing that we really need. We struggle to even think clearly. So that decision about whether to accept an offer of intervention becomes much more difficult.
Fight or flight: prepare to either fight that (pretend) predator or run away from it! The body does this by sending your blood to your limbs – which means that the bits that need it most (your uterus and your baby) are starved of nutrient dense, oxygenated blood. The result is that you feel exhausted, experience more pain, have a longer, stop-start labour and your baby has a higher likelihood of becoming distressed.
Fawn: this engages your people-pleasing skills – the so-called Stockholm Syndrome! Which means you go along with whatever is suggested to keep the peace, playing no real part in informed decision-making.
So…not only will that fear that you feel in pregnancy affect how much you can enjoy those final weeks and months growing your baby, but they will have an impact on your labour and birth experience – physically as well as emotionally.
Here are 3 simple ways in which you can start changing how you feel about giving birth:
And guess what! I can hold your hand through all of this – on my hypnobirthing & antenatal course we cover all these things and much more. So that you can give birth to your baby saying things like this:
Courses are currently running both online and in person - click here to book your place with just a £50 deposit, or get in touch with any questions that you have.
April 22, 2022
March 05, 2022
NCT classes cover a broad range of topics and can give a good overview of the things you’re going to face as a new parent – whether that’s the stages of labour, your options for feeding your baby or how to change a nappy.
If you are wanting to prepare for birth and parenthood in more detail, here are some brilliant further options!
January 16, 2022
Babies change dramatically in their first year! One of the most frequent questions I discuss with my clients at Sarah Hart Photography, is the best ages to photograph their growing baby. Sometimes clients have missed out on the newborn stage which is quite short-lived in the photography world! Here's what I consider to be the key stages and some of the characteristics of the portraits that are generally captured at these ages.