Fear of Labour

Fear and its effects in labour

In today’s modern obstetrics, death of a child or mother during the birthing process are extremely rare. Despite these medical advances, pregnant women are still afraid of childbearing.

One could hypotheses that the fear of pain was the culprit alone however a study conducted by the consultant Midwives in the UK Liverpool women’s hospital identified 8 areas of fear that require addressing before labour

  1. Fear of the birthing process being uncertain and unpredictable
  2. Fear for potential harm or death of the baby
  3. Fear of intensity of pain
  4. Fear of harm to self
  5. Fear of procedures being ‘done to’ them
  6. Fear of not being listened to and not having things explained
  7. Fear of being abandoned
  8. Fear of internal loss of control
  9. Terrified of birth and not knowing why.

Fear is commonly programmed and passed down generationally and generated through societal beliefs and trends at the time, we have all heard the war stories of traumatic birth and seen multiple movies or TV shows that shed a negative light on birth, shows such as UK based “One born every minute”  depict birth to be a medically controlled stressful, painful and often traumatic experiences. It is this fear or anxiety of birth that is under addressed before labour starts which has been shown to have multiple negative effects on the labour process and maternal and fetal outcomes.

One study conducted in Sweden showed a direct correlation with Anxiety and stress levels in the last trimester with an increase rate of cesarean birth, the women in the study were shown to have poorer stress coping ability and a greater fear of birth as first time mothers. It has been reported that 60% of first time mothers experienced extremely severe labor pain in the acute phase, and approximately 50% of laboring women were not satisfied with pain relief after receiving analgesic drugs.

The control of labor pain and prevention of suffering are major concerns of clinicians and their patients. Many women would like to avoid pharmacological or invasive methods of pain management in labor and this may contribute to the popularity of non-pharmacological methods such as music therapy, touch, breathing and a positive mindset for pain management.

It has been shown that levels of anxiety of the mother increase as labour progresses and hence so does the level of pain, negative complications and maternal dissatisfaction during  the birthing process. The theory that anxiety during pregnancy can interfere with the delivery process has been supported by some prospective studies such interference can occur directly by psycho physiological pathways. Stress hormones released during birth such as Epinephrine have been shown to inhibit labour progress and affect fetal heart rate patterns.

Alternative process’s such as touch, breathing , Music therapy and positive affirmation for dealing with pain in Labour have been shown to have positive affects for both mother and baby including reduction in long term pain management and better Maternal and fetal outcomes.

Hypnobirthing is a education program that not only address’s the areas of most common fear or anxiety a woman experiences prior to birth it also demonstrates a number of additional resources and tools to use during birth that can have positive effects on mother and baby both pre and post birth. It is a complete scientifically based education program to enhance a woman’s positive empowered birthing experience. 3) Having been born into a family of allied health practitioners I have always

It has been shown that levels of anxiety of the mother increase as labour progresses and hence so does the level of pain, negative complications and maternal dissatisfaction during  the birthing process. The theory that anxiety during preg

pregnancy can interfere with the delivery process has been supported by some prospective studies such interference can occur directly by psycho physiological pathways. Stress hormones released during birth such as Epinephrine have been shown to inhibit labour progress and affect fetal heart rate patterns.

Alternative process’s such as touch, breathing , Music therapy and positive affirmation for dealing with pain in Labour have been shown to have positive affects for both mother and baby including reduction in long term pain management and better Maternal and fetal outcomes.

Hypnobirthing is a education program that not only addresses the areas of most common fear or anxiety a woman experiences prior to birth it also demonstrates a number of additional resources and tools to use during birth that can have positive effects on mother and baby both pre and post birth. It is a complete scientifically based education program to enhance a woman’s positive empowered birthing experience.

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