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Overcome your Fear of Child Birth

December 9th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Can’t stop fretting about your upcoming labor? Here’s how to put your fear of child birth to rest.

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Overcome your Fear of Child Birth

When you think about childbirth, chances are the word "pain" is one of the first that comes to mind. While it's normal to feel a little apprehensive as you near the end of your pregnancy, some women can experience intense fear that makes them dread delivery and could actually affect their labor.

A U.K.-based study found that women who suffer from fear of childbirth during pregnancy have an increased rate of emergency Caesarean sections or more complicated vaginal deliveries involving vacuums or other instruments. A Swedish study found that pregnant women with intense fear of giving birth run a considerable risk of negative experiences during labor and increased feelings of dissatisfaction after childbirth. If you're filled with dread over your impending delivery day, here are some ways to overcome your fears.

You don't have to relive your mom's experience

Our fears of childbirth may be a result of our mothers' own unresolved frightening experience. "What your mother says about childbirth and her attitude will influence your feelings," says Dr. Thomas Verny, founder of the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). "If your mom says: ‘You almost killed me when you were born;' those old tapes will start playing in your mind." It's important to realize there is no relationship between your mother's birthing experience and your own. "Just because your mom had a difficult child birth, doesn't mean the same will be true for you," says Verny.