How ya doin’? Are you scared about the whole birth thing?

I don’t think there are many women that aren’t nervous about giving birth at one point or another. I mean you’re pushing a person out of you that is bigger than the exit. From everything that I’ve read, the biggest pain reliever from labor seems to be arming yourself with confidence. I know, that sounds completely stupid but bear with me.

If you go into your birth feeling out of control and terrified, it’s going to exacerbate the pain, but if you arm yourself with the knowledge that this is what your body is supposed to do, you’re going to have a much easier time seeing past it.

I’ve been in labor twice and it hurt. Not unbearable pain, but “yeah, this fucking hurts, I’m going to take you up on that epidural now” pain. Plus, I have to be one of the most pain phobic people on the planet – I get drugged to have my teeth cleaned. And you know what? It was fine.

I have no idea why some women love to recount their horrible labors. I honestly don’t think it helps anyone, although, maybe it makes them feel better, dunno. Labors are like fingerprints and no two are alike. You’re going to have a great birth and you’re going to have a healthy, beautiful baby at the end of it all and there’s nothing to gain from thinking otherwise.

Even if you want to be drugged in the parking lot and have an elective c-section, my advice is to read up on everything. Read about water births, homebirths, hypno-births and everything in between. Watch Business of Being Born, More Business of Being Born and the movie Babies. Even if you absolutely know that none of it is for you, it will help that primal part of your brain to kick in and say, “Hell yeah, I can do this and me and my baby are going to rock this birth.”

Look, there is no easy way to get a kid out of you, but always keep in mind that your body is set up to do just that. You’re going to be amazing.

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