But with the proper training and technique, a mother can trigger her own natural pain-relieving chemicals, so she doesn’t feel the pain and the labor is actually enjoyable! Shatter the myth that labor HAS to be painful. That belief makes a woman tense up. This causes her muscles to work in opposition and the cervix to harden, causing the baby to have to FORCE his/herself out, causing pain for the mother. It also blocks the pain-relieving chemicals/hormones. When the mother is relaxed, feeling no fear, and is not expecting pain, her labor is NOT as painful. When she is relaxed, the body does what it is naturally made to do.
- Hypnobirthing - A Celebration of Life by Marie F. Mongan
- Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
- Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin.