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Preparing for birth

Are you mentally and psychologically prepared for birth?  What are your expectations?

Whilst we all might aspire for a natural, relatively pain-free birth that requires no pain relief, the reality is that this is probably the first time women will experience such an intense level of pain, and the first time that partners will witness it!

Often people describe birth as being a time of momentous joy, achievement, pride and relief on bringing a new baby into the world.  Whilst for most this is the end result, getting to that point can be long, painful and exhausting, and sometimes the mode of delivery was not at all like we wished for or envisaged.

This section outlines a number of thoughts and strategies for both men and women to assist you to psychologically prepare yourself for the birth process and support you following your birth experience.