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The effect of words

Preparing for Baby? Here is something for your birth partner to keep in mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A woman in labour is at her most alert. The use of words in every day life have enormous influence on our decisions and patterns of behaviour so for a woman in labour, there needs to be careful consideration with how she is spoken to. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The subconscious ( and not underestimate the power of the mind ) takes words very literally. So when in labour someone says “are you in pain?”, you may actually start to feel pain! The thoughts you put in your mind have an impact on your body. Alternatively, if in labour someone says “are you perfectly comfortable”, you are likely to believe that actually yes, I am comfortable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A positive attitude can have immense impact on our physical, emotional and mental well being. It can reduce stress, high blood pressure and digestive problems. It’s something I strive to do on a daily basis and goes a long way as you go through labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So birth partners, when in labour, look out for any adrenaline blips as a result of ill chosen words used while in labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Relaxations which are part of what we do in hypnobirthing are a great way for the subconscious to receive beneficial suggestions replacing any negativity or fear towards labour that you may have acquired to date. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Midwives are trained in how to speak to women in labour and in my experience they were amazing at keeping me focused, encouraged and confident. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you any experience with the effect of words when you were in labour? Did someone say something to you that caused an adrenaline blip and hence labour to slow down or even stop? Please share in the comments below 👇🏻⠀

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