Like many mothers, I had a list of fears before I gave birth to my first child.
A leading obstetrician and an Australian mother-of-five have given me a different perspective.
The anonymous pair say childbirth doesn’t have to be frightening, and I’ve found it reassuring because I’m pregnant and have to do it all over again.
Here’s what they had to say about some common birth worries:
‘Am I going to poo?’
Obstetrician: “I can remember a number of women being very frightened about that even in labour.
“We live in such a sanitised society we think that there’s something wrong about that, but that’s our key reassurance that everything is happening. So if a woman tells me ‘I need to do a poo or open my bowel’, I say ‘great’.