What you call childbirth fear is when the woman and sometimes even the man feel a strong worry and fear of childbirth, a feeling that they themselves cannot handle.
How common it is with childbirth fear you do not know because there is so little documented in the subject.
In Sweden, people have been talking about childbirth for a long time and you can see that this problem is now starting to be identified in other countries as well. It may seem like the phenomenon has become more common over time, but it can also be a part of social and cultural development. It is more allowed to speak openly about their feelings today.
What is the woman afraid of?
Women’s experiences are influenced by both physical and psychosocial factors. Having children means so much more than just a physical process. The pregnancy has led to the woman maturing and aiming at a reshaping of her identity. She will never be the same as she was, but will now forever change to become a mother. The changes in her body and on the mental, personal and social levels force change and adaptation. Joy and anticipation shift with the anxiety and anxiety of most people. In some women, the anxiety takes over and is expressed as fear of childbirth.
Fear can be triggered by various factors:
- First-borns often express their fears about how it might be possible to give birth to a child without having to break up and escape.
- Maybe the woman has negative experiences from previous hospital care.
- Sexual exploitation and abuse can make it especially difficult.
- Usually, fear of the pain. Some people find themselves to be particularly sensitive to pain.
- Fear of losing control, of dying or of losing your mind.
- Fear of not getting help, or of hurting or dying.
- Nativity often has a negative experience of a past birth that is the basis for fear of giving birth again.
- Another significant factor that makes the woman feel afraid of giving birth may be a poor couple relationship or a bad contact with her own mother.
What is there help to get?
Already during the talks with the midwife at maternal health care many fears are expressed. It is the responsibility of maternal health care to deal with similar problems. Several maternity wards have open houses for prospective parents, where they can come to know the environment and get information about what happens when they come in to give birth to their child. Even during parental training at maternal health care, the parent group is often offered a visit to a maternity ward with associated BB.
However, there are some cases where maternal health care resources are not sufficient. Then, in most places, there is a collaboration with the maternity ward at the associated laser. The couple / mother gets to meet a midwife who is specially trained in the area and there is also the opportunity to get help from the curator and obstetrician. Agreements, wishes and guidelines that are reached during the course of the conversations are carefully recorded and available when the mother comes to the birth to give birth.
If you have pronounced childbirth fears that prevent you from planning a pregnancy, there is also the possibility of so-called pregnancy planning calls.
I dare say that no mother should have to have a birth without having had the opportunity to learn how to handle her fear.