Bonnie Polnaszek:

I love this post from Midwife Thinking on pain and fear in labor. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how labor isn’t supposed to hurt. I haven’t found that to be true for either my own births or those of the vast majority of women I have been with in labor.

Originally posted on MidwifeThinking:

http://keepcalmandloveon.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/keep-calm-and-fill-in-the-blank/

This is just a little post to ease me back into the blogging world (thesis finally submitted). As usual, the content is in response to a reoccurring issue and discussions with mothers and midwives. And I welcome your experiences and comments on this topic…

In a backlash against the medicalisation of birth women are beginning to reclaim birth (yay!). Partly thanks to the availability of information via the internet, a counter culture has emerged. Movies, images and stories of empowered birthing mothers circulate through social media – women birthing in beautiful calm environments (usually in water, surrounded by candles), looking like Goddesses whilst gently and quietly ‘breathing’ their baby out. Women are able to see how birth can be, and many are inspired and driven to create a birth experience like those they watch.

Whilst these images can assist in building self-trust for mothers as they approach birth, they do not tell…

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