There are women who have painless labours and births, and there is an idea that this is possible for most people. It does not mean that you are a failure if you experience a painful childbirth despite your efforts to avoid one.
Every woman’s percieved pain is different and no more or less important than the next woman’s. This page exists simply to show that childbirth can be painless, yet intensely rewarding, and that normal physiological childbirth is not meant to be painful, traumatic or distressing.
Cultural values and learned behaviors influence perception and response to acute pain. Women’s expectations about labor pain often are confirmed by their experience of childbirth.
The concept of painless childbirth is really a very simple one, but it can be difficult to explain to someone who does not already intuitively know of this.
Normal, physiological, complication-free childbirth is not painful. Read the rest of this entry »