Everyone prepares differently for childbirth. The choices you make are determined by your personality, but also by other women’s accounts and advice. Understanding and knowing about the stages of labor can help and give a sense of being in control. Although it is easier to deal with things that we understand, it isn’t necessary to read everything and take all the courses. Find out what is available and choose what feels right. Then give some thought to what you’ve learned; how do you think you will react emotionally and physically when you give birth?
The midwives are there for you
It can be difficult to expose yourself in a situation that is as emotionally and physically vulnerable as giving birth. It’s a question of trusting your body and your ability. You need to feel that you are the person who is best equipped to give birth to your baby, and that you are allowed to be who you are. At the same time, you need to trust that everyone in the room will do their utmost to give you the best support and help, regardless of what happens. You’re not alone; everyone in the room is there for you.
At the end of pregnancy, most women are affected by their hormones. Many go into a relaxed state of mind, one of “not doing anything”. Your thoughts go back and forth: “What will it be like now that I’m to become a mother?”. Or, if you already have children, “Will I be able to love this child as much as the one(s) I already have?”.
Sources: - Abascal, G., & Huss, M. S. (2018). Att föda. Bonnier Fakta.