It’s understandable to be nervous about childbirth, especially if this is your first baby. Getting more information about what to expect can help calm your nerves. We’ve put together some suggestions and resources to help you conquer that fear.

Why is Childbirth So Scary?

It’s the fear of not knowing what to expect when you give birth. That’s what makes childbirth scary. Your delivery experience is unique to you.

According to a doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, these are some of the common fears:

  • Pain
  • Maintaining control
  • Your well-being
  • Distrust of your own competence
  • Safety of your baby during labor

Here Are Some Tips for Reducing Fear

There are some definite steps you can take to feel better about delivery. Here’s what we suggest:

Speak Openly With Your Doctor

You may feel silly telling your doctor that you’re afraid, but up to 50% of women in the U.S. admit some type of fear of childbirth. You’re not alone. Talk to your obstetrician about your specific fears.

If you have had a difficult or painful delivery before, perhaps they can make adjustments to your pain management options. Whatever your specific fear, be sure to share it with your healthcare provider.

Take Classes

Free childbirth classes are available online and in person. Our Earn While You Learn classes at PCS Health prepare you for labor and delivery and allow you to receive material items for attending.

Other centers throughout our area also offer childbirth classes and support groups. Knowing what to expect during each stage of labor and delivery makes it easier.

Learn Breathing Techniques

Lamaze offers classes that teach breathing techniques to help you relax throughout labor. They also provide guidance for each stage of labor and how to prepare.

Taking their advice to stay hydrated, go for a walk, and wear comfy clothes early in labor can ease the anxiety. Once in delivery, they suggest focusing on one contraction at a time.

What Are PCS Health’s Resources?

PCS Health offers hundreds of free childbirth and parenting classes, and we can tailor classes to your specific needs. You watch short, engaging videos to learn about everything from labor to caring for a newborn.

Let our caring client advocates assist you with classes and emotional support. We’re here for you.

Sign up for a free consultation by filling out our convenient and confidential online Contact Form. You can also call (530) 626-6720 or text (530) 363-8110 to request an appointment.

*PCS Health does not perform or refer for abortions.