Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you’re feeling as well as you’re looking and that you and Harry are enjoying this incredibly special time.
It has become very popular for couples to write a birth plan in preparation for their baby’s upcoming birth. Sometimes, couples spend hours writing down how they would like the birth to be, often not only what they want to happen, but also things they do not want to happen.
When we communicate with women before, during, and after childbirth, we need to be very sensitive with the words we choose as we put information across, and the tone of voice in which we communicate.
Not long ago, I was listening to the radio and feeling disappointed that the knowledge and perception around childbirth is still so dire. Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 had childbirth expert Christine Hill on, talking about the ‘ghastliness’ of childbirth followed by Clare Byam Cook ‘controversial breastfeeding advice’ (her own words), stating that many women can’t make enough milk for their babies; and when she says ‘many’, in reality, she means most!
When a pregnant woman watches programs or read books about childbirth, she should be aware of the risks she is taking by using an academic approach to birth. Is it possible to lose intuition and gut feeling if you add too much information and knowledge that creates unbalance in your mind?
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.