What Can I Do if I’m Afraid of Giving Birth?

A woman is experiencing a deep sense of fear and anxiety when it comes to the prospect of giving birth.

Understandably, you may be worried about giving birth, especially if this is your first pregnancy. You may have heard concerning things from loved ones about their birth experience or don’t know what to expect. 

First, know that everyone’s birth experience is different. No two are alike, and childbirth varies based on your unique situation, pre-existing conditions, and other factors. But your well-being matters and there are several things you can do to prepare. 

1. Identify your fears. 

Consider what exactly you are worried about. Are you afraid there will be complications during giving birth? Do you have a high-risk pregnancy or struggle with anxiety? These fears are normal, but remember it is important to receive the medical attention and support services you need to increase your chances of having a successful birth.

Ask your provider about pain management options during labor and delivery, consider speaking with a licensed mental health professional about relaxation techniques, and research childbirth classes. These individuals are trained to provide the specialized care you need and have a wealth of experience. 

2. Connect with a support person. 

Sharing your worries with a loved one, like your partner or a close friend, can reduce your anxiety. They’ll provide opportunities to vent and offer advice if you welcome it. 

Speaking with the person accompanying you during labor and delivery will shed light on how they can best support you during the process. Before the birth, you two can brainstorm calming strategies and helpful things this person can do to offer encouragement. 

3. Receive the emotional help you need. 

Liberty Women’s Clinic is here to offer the support you require. Pregnancy and childbirth can feel overwhelming; you’ll likely feel more stressed if the news was unexpected. 

We’ll connect you to the resources you need to access support before, during, and after the birth. This would include OB-GYNs, birthing centers, and more. Remember, you can do this and are stronger than you believe. 

Reach Out Today

You don’t have to go through this alone. Liberty Women’s Clinic stands beside you. 

Contact us about our support services today. If you’re unsure about a pregnancy decision, meet with a nurse at our clinic for a free and confidential consultation.

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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

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