I just thought i might start this thread so we could pool resources/experiences.
It's a thread to put out your medical and emotional issues.
Obviously some of us have birthed unassisted, at home or wish to - others have never even pushed a baby out of their vagina
It's not to perpetuate the fear factor but we often do have some reserves about birthing a baby unassisted, so deeply ingrained is our belief that child birth is a medical event (and worse - that we have no right, as women, to take birth in to our own hands... literally )
So lets get them out - what are you afraid of?
Say it here, it'll make you feel better to get it out and to gain some encouragement
I am most afraid that I wont feel comfortable or safe in my own home and that labour will stall or I wont be able to open up. I'm afraid I wont be able to let go of that idea that there should be a qualified person there.
As though the midwife is the senrty to the rite of passage to birth. (However I have the same fear when I envisage myself in a hospital setting.)
But maybe that thought wouldn't occur to me when I was actually in labour IYKWIM ?