Personal Mastery and Birth

I wanted to share a link to a post I wrote recently for the ICEA blog. In this post I discussed some research from the book Childbirth Education: Research, Practice, & Theory:

The book also shares the research that when mothers were interviewed postpartum who had had epidurals, their comments following birth focused almost totally on the baby. Women who had relied on relaxation and other non-pharmaceutical coping methods talked about the baby AND about the emotional and psychological benefits of their birth experiences. Women in both groups expressed satisfaction with their birth experiences, but for those in the epidural group “the element of personal accomplishment or mastery was missing in their comments.”

I believe that starting out the parenting adventure with a sense of “personal accomplishment and mastery” is a tremendous gift and I wish all expectant couples had the opportunity to experience birth in this way. In my classes, I strive to emphasize that both process (giving birth) and product (healthy baby, healthy mom) are important!

As long as I’m discussing posts I’ve made elsewhere, I wanted to also link to my CfM blog post this week which was about what are we thankful for? (in the “birth world”). I have a lot to be thankful for and hope you do as well!

2 thoughts on “Personal Mastery and Birth

  1. At the same time that epidurals block pain signals to the brain, they also block endorphins to the brain. Its such a simple connection, but few mothers realize it unless it is spelled out. You take away the pain, but you also take away the euphoria. Its like running a woman through a marathon in a battery powered gocart AND quitting the race a few meters from the finish line and going for coffee instead.

  2. Pingback: The most important event shaping my life as a mother? « Talk Birth

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