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Enjoy Birth {day 2} Trust your body and baby, they know what to do

Posted Oct 02 2012 11:00am

Women have been birthing babies for thousands of years.   Your body already knows how to birth a baby, but often our mind gets in the way of letting our body do what it knows how to do.

 

Getting our mind out of the way may be easier said than done.  Sadly in our culture we are inundated with scary messages about birth that further entrench in our heads the idea that birth must be painful and dangerous.

 

For example, there are TV shows that portray birth as a busy, risk filled experience – even when the birth being featured was not really that dramatic.  I had a mom in one of my classes tell me her OB was on The Baby Story.  When she said, “I saw you on The Baby Story.”  He told her, “The birth was nothing like that.  They film hours and hours of a birth and take five of the most ‘exciting’ minutes to show.”

 

Even well-meaning friends and family members may tell their scary birth stories as a way to “prepare” you for what to expect.  Sometimes strangers share their ‘advice’ as well.  One of my students was in a bank and a stranger told her such a scary birth story that she passed out from fear!  Tragically, these negative birth stories often leave moms seriously doubting their ability to birth.

 

So what can you do to counteract the messages society is giving you and strengthen your trust in your body?

I will give you a few ideas how to do this over the next few days.

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