Having some kind of block is completely normal! But that doesn’t mean you are stuck with them. Here is a list of very common ones but do not rule out anything that you might be struggling with. Talking with a care provider or counselor can sometime be helpful in identifying these blocks.
- Not being able to birth “well”
- Tearing or an episiotomy
- Loss of sexual enjoyment
- Pooping on the table
- Cord around baby’s neck
- Premature birth
- Labor pain
- Not knowing what to do if something goes wrong
- Not making it to the hospital on time
- Delivery will be gross or embarrassing
- Being a bad parent
- That your body will never be the same
- Assault from a care provider
There is no reason to fear labor or birth. But you also don’t need to diminish any fear or concern you have as irrelevant or small. Most of these common blocks could be solved simply by being informed, allowing labor to begin naturally, and maintaining your health during your pregnancy.
I encourage you to research any concerns you may have because more likely than not it’s something that you shouldn’t be worrying about.
And the others are likely inevitable no matter what you do. You will survive them, and being afraid of them will not keep you safe. Being informed is your best protection. Your baby will come, birthing “well” is a common myth.