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The labour and birth of our first babies is a time of heightened awareness, and the memories become part of who we are and the women we become. Therefore it is really important to make the experience as good as possible so it becomes a pleasant memory.
Being a mother is a demanding and responsible 24/7 job, so it’s best to feel as strong, invincible and competent as possible when you begin that journey.
We need to always remember that mothers who are afraid tend to secrete the hormones that delay or inhibit birth.
Those who are not terrified are more likely to secrete in abundance the hormones that make labor and birth easier and less painful—sometimes even pleasurable.
Another interesting aspect of the pain question is that women’s perceptions of labor pain vary a great deal depending upon their country or culture of origin.
In other countries of similar wealth (the Netherlands and Japan are prime examples), most women do not expect to be given anesthesia for a normal physiological process.
Labour times vary a lot. Average dilation time is 1 to 2 centimetres an hour after active labour starts.
There are three major categories of labour problems: 1. dilation is too slow, or stops altogether; 2. baby gets stucks and 3. baby is facing the wrong way, making it harder to push
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