Reclaim your power: inspiration and reflections for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond

No pain no gain? Understanding pain during childbirth

June 13, 2021 Fungisai Gwanzura Ottemöller Season 1 Episode 7
Reclaim your power: inspiration and reflections for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond
No pain no gain? Understanding pain during childbirth
Show Notes

Pain during childbirth is one of the things many women dread, especially those who are having their first child. There is so much misinformation out there that scares us - what we see portrayed on TV or in the movies, the stories other people tell us. But is there more to this? Does this pain have a role to play? Can we and should we avoid experiencing pain?  Can we change our relationship with the pain we experience as we birth our children? In this episode, I reflect on these questions and present an alternative way to understand pain, as well as tips on how to cope with it. I reflect on how changing our attitudes towards pain during childbirth is another way for us to reclaim our power and to lead us to experience gentler births.

In this episode I refer to the book ' Ina May Gaskin's  Guide to Childbirth' by Ina May Gaskin. I highly recommend it as she discusses the issues I touch on in this podcast in more detail.

Podcast artwork: Photo by Kumaran Pondicherry Photography; Styling by Become