How to overcome fear of childbirth

Written by: Dr. Santiago Bau Aparicio
Published: | Updated: 15/02/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

We can end the fear of childbirth but for this we must follow a series of premises that will reduce maternal anxiety. Surrounding yourself with a family atmosphere and doing the dilation in a bright room with a pleasant atmosphere can relax the woman in labor.

New trends in assistance and control of childbirth defend that the concepts of "humanization" and "security" are not antagonistic. It tends to attend childbirth without relinquishing control of fetal and maternal welfare and without dehumanizing the act itself of the birth of a child. The assistance in a hospital environment does not imply the uprooting of the parents, and it offers the possibility of having the most modern resources to attend to the possible complications that may arise, if necessary.

Reduce the risks

In this line of thought, we reduce complications to the maximum with the use of certain routine obstetric maneuvers , practiced more by habit than as scientifically proven measures as useful (shaving of the perineum, enema, exclusion of unnecessary vaginal touches, routine preventive episiotomy, analgesia routine epidural ...), modifications that do not affect the quality of the results and do improve the perception of the parturient.

It is necessary to promote the maternal-filial bond with skin-to-skin practice, establish early breastfeeding, encourage the active participation of the father , assisting both the delivery and the operating room if it is a cesarean section, helping the mother in the expulsive, in short , accompanying your partner at the time of the birth of your child.

Preparation for childbirth

The dilation should be performed under optimal conditions , in bright rooms where the puerperium will later pass, rooms with a pleasant atmosphere, where the pregnant woman can walk and perform monitoring with window controls (telemetry) that does not force the patient to immobilize.

With dilation in this environment, we manage to reduce maternal anxiety and fear of the birth process. It is also important to surround yourself with a family environment , and just as relevant, the complicity between the patient and the team of professionals who will attend her.. This prior knowledge eliminates the fear of the unknown and establishes a bond of trust by de-technifying the hospital environment.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Santiago Bau Aparicio
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Doctor with extensive experience and training, he founded the Madrid Institute of Integral and Gynecology Clinic Bau. He was co-director of In Vitro Fertilization Unit and Genetics Hospital Ruber. He combines his professional work with teaching practice, and has made 10 national and international publications and 10 presentations. His career has become a benchmark specialty.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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