The pain of childbirth is even written about in the Bible: “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth”, “in pain you will bring forth children” ... It seems that this “hypnosis” has lasted well to this day.
Unfortunately, the birth stories, in which birth pain is described as just "pulling" or "pressure" or even the telling of "painless" or even orgasmic births, are very rare.
So what exactly is the sensation of pain and how can it be positively influenced?
Surely you know people who are "tough" - or then those who are more likely to "snivel". Then there are the people who run over fire and swallow swords or freeze for an hour in an ice block and they are completely fine. What are the differences between these people? Studies have shown that the sensation of pain can actually vary greatly. Where one can no longer handle it, another hardly feels anything. The nervous system therefore has a higher tolerance threshold in some people than in others. In the centre of pain, the alarm bells, which cause the feeling "pain" are triggered much later in less sensitive people.
Statistics show that many factors can positively influence how a woman experiences pain in childbirth. Dim lighting, being unobserved, feeling loved and supported and being left undisturbed can all contribute to a faster and gentler birth that some women have even described as pleasurable.
Claiming back our rights as women in our chosen place of birth is paramount to creating the ideal conditions to not only minimize pain but to also be able to start rewriting the way we speak about pain in birth.
"There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ, they would brag about it. So should we." - Ina May Gaskin
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