Overcoming the Myths Regarding Natural Childbirth

Published on November 30, 2011 by in Uncategorized

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There are many different forms of negativity that can be directed at pregnant women. In some cases this negativity comes from family members.  It may come from a mother, a father, a cousin, or any other relative.  It may come from old friends or from complete strangers.  It may come from the television, the internet, movies, magazines or any other source of media.

As a woman who has given birth to 5 children I have had to cleanse my mind of quite a few myths regarding natural childbirth.  I have had to cleanse my vision about what the birthing experience would be like.  I have had to visualize for myself what I wanted for my own birth experience.

Here are some of the common myths that I have heard during my pregnancies:

  • The pain is unbearable
  • You may think that you can handle natural childbirth but you can’t
  • Breastfeeding is so old fashioned
  • The epidural is not harmful to the baby

Having experienced 5 natural childbirths, I came to realize that the natural discomfort while giving birth is important for the bonding of mother and child.  Additionally, the act of childbirth has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and has helped me to become more confident in all that I do.  I have been empowered through the birthing experience.

As women we have the strength to endure the natural pain of childbirth. For those of us who have been told that the pain is unbearable I would like to offer a remedy.

Ayida HonorBreathing Visualizations:

It is very important to visualize for ourselves with clarity what we want form our pregnancy and birth.  Through breathing visualizations, positive affirmations, knowledge of the body, and knowledge about the birthing process, we can set a foundation wherein the myth of unbearable pain is demystified.  Therefore, a positive vision of your pregnancy and birthing experience will go a long way to manifesting a positive birth experience.

For those of you who have given birth I would like for you to answer two questions.

What was the greatest natural childbirth myth that you have had to overcome?

How did you overcome it?

By answering these questions you will be helping other women to manifest a positive birth experience.  This being the case please be sure to leave a comment below.

– Ayida Honor Birth Empowerment Coach

Copyright (c) 2011 Ayida Honor and Lenon Honor

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10 Responses to “Overcoming the Myths Regarding Natural Childbirth”

  1. Tracie says:

    You are giving me courage to want to try this next time I have a child! I’ve had two natural births with epidurals and you can’t feel anything below the waist! The doctor is telling you to push, and you don’t know what you are doing. I think the sense of accomplishment you feel knowing you could birth a baby without meds and assistance is amazing, and something I’d definetly want to try. I think you are right, it would make a difference in the bonding process. My first child, I didn’t even want to see her until 30 minutes later, I was so exhausted mentally and physically! All those people in the room, and you are hooked up to all kinds of equipment, it was just too much!

  2. Katie says:

    The myth I had to overcome was that childbirth is inherently dangerous. Obviously it is not, if you watch any creature give birth you will see that it is an inborn skill and when left alone is usually flawless.

    Lots of research and reading birth stories is what helped me realize that painful dangerous childbirth is just a western psychosomatic symptom.

    I have had two natural un-medicated childbirths and I feel empowered by them as well, like I took control of something I have ultimate control over and did not leave the details and circumstances up to someone else.

    We are about to have our third baby in a few weeks and it will be a peaceful birth at home.

  3. April says:

    The biggest myth I had to overcome was that the pain would be the worse pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I ignored what my family told me about the pain up until the 37th week of my pregnancy. I became terrified! Thankfully, I was blessed with an amazing midwife of 30 years, and a team of 3 assistants. With aroma therapy, warm water in the birthing tub, controlled breathing, and my amazing husband’s support and massages, it was a wonderful experience! Empowering! Not to mention, not extremely painful! I would definitely do it again, and encourage other women to do so as well! 🙂

  4. Helen H. says:

    I have not had children as of yet, but I find that I have been caught up in many of these myths as well. I’m in that “”thirties-not married no children” group and I have many friends my age and older who are terrified of getting pregnant, having a baby and forget the idea of a natural birth! I’ve always been told that the pain would be the worst pain I could never imagine and I must say that wasn’t a great incentive to become pregnant. Another fear is that a home birth is dangerous. You need to be in a hospital type of thing…

    So Ayida thank you for sharing with the world this freeing truth. I do want to have a natural childbirth as well when the time comes. So thank you.

    Part 2 of the article can be “myths about parenting” I used to have many fears about being a mother, ie it’s hard, your life is over, i’ll never be able to handle it….anyways, thanks and I’ll be sharing this with my single and married friends!

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