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7 propular birth myths exploded: Hulda Thorey presents some real facts of childbirth

Posted on 21 August 2013 by hulda

7 POPULAR BIRTH MYTHS EXPLODED: HULDA THOREY PRESENTS SOME REAL FACTS OF CHILDBIRTH

By Hulda Thorey –  Published in SassyMama – 29 July 2013

If there is one area where old wives’ tales abound, it’s on the matter of childbirth! Hulda Thorey, Head Midwife, Founder (and Chief myth-buster) at Annerley gives us some truths about what to really expect come D-day.

Myth 1: The most painful part of labour is when the baby’s head comes out

Truth: This might look like the most painful part – and it might be one reason that some doctors rush to give an episiotomy, as they struggle to trust that a woman’s body was built to give birth – but most women find this the least painful part of the process, as the perineum is stretched and numb so pain is greatly reduced. In addition, because you are at the end of the birth journey, the emotion of relief and excitement can also help dull any pain.

A useful midwife’s trick of the trade is to apply a warm compress to the area to further ease pain at this stage.

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