FEAR

FEAR

If Nature is defined as the sum of all existence – known and unknown to us, then Natures Reality is what, and is only what is, actually REAL! Nature’s Reality is, therefore, Truth!

Truth IS – whether we know it or not … whether we like it or not!

All our work is – and it can only be totally Transparent and entirely Evidence Based.

 

 

 

When practice produces preferred products repeatedly we know that we have, at least mostly, got it right. This is why RNC is not difficult to research. If we want safe, happy, healthy, largely pain and harm free childbirth and we prepare for it in ways that experience shows us are most likely to get, and continually most of the time … then we get it!

 

 

Prophylaxis of Fear

A prophylaxis is a measure taken to maintain health and prevent the spread of disease.

The Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome (FTP)

From the medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fear-tension-pain+syndromefear-tension-pain syndrome: ear-tension-pain syndrome:

A concept formulated by Grantly Dick-Read, MD, (1890-1959) to explain the pain commonly expected and reported in childbirth. The concept proposes that attitudes induce anxiety before labour and cause fear in labour. This fear causes muscular and psychological tension that interferes with the natural processes of dilation and delivery, resulting in pain. He advocated education, exercise, and warm emotional and physical support in labour to counteract the syndrome and coined the term ’natural childbirth’ for a labour or delivery in which the well-trained woman joyfully, comfortably, and with a calm, cooperative attitude participates in a natural experience. Elements of his method of psychophysical preparation for childbirth are incorporated into most other methods of natural childbirth.

This is am extract from the 1994 American edition of Childbirth Without Fear, (Harperpaperbacks), pages 303 to 306.

I was lecturing one time in a large country centre. There were a number of medical personal present, as well as two or three hundred practicing midwives who listened appreciatively to my observations. The matron, whose brilliant career at a London maternity hospital justified her appointment to a large country maternity organisation, rose to speak. She spoke with simplicity and a charm of manner that accentuated the accentuated the sincerely of her revaluation.

“I feel it is a moment to disclose a secret. For a long time after I became matron I failed to understand why so many women asked to be looked after by the nurses and not by the medical men who attended the hospital. I was constant embarrassed by the situations which, and arose, and finally decided to inquire why the request was so frequently and so urgently made. The reply I had was astonishing: ‘Because the doctors all made us have chloroform whether we want it or not, and the nurses don’t.’”

The matron of another maternity home told me, “The more I see of this natural childbirth, the more I am persuaded is that education is what really matters.” I asked her frankly f there was any obvious difference in the conduct of labour in my case from other obstetricians who also practiced there. She said, “Yes, in your technique, but the outstanding difference was in the women. They seem to know their job before they start. They understand why relaxation helps and why o=it prevents pain in labour.

 

Two brilliant and progressive headmistresses of large girls’ schools in England became persuaded that the teaching of elementary biology and anatomy should be extended, in the higher classes at school, to human structure and reproductive function. It was believed that confidence in discussion would make it easier for girls to have a balanced acceptance of womanhood upon leaving school. Bur before introducing the subject they felt it necessary to obtain the opinions of the parents of the three hundred girls in one of the schools as a guide to what would be in all the other. The response was prompt and dogmatic. If under the guise of biology and physiology, the parents said, their daughter were to be introduced to the subject of sex and reproduction while still in school they would be removed immediately!

The tremendous need for such training was brought home very closely to me when one of my daughters at the age of seventeen made these remarks in her weekly letter home: “Jenny’s mother is going to have another baby, she is terribly upset about it and awfully worried because her mother told her that it was absolute hell. Isn’t it frightful for her?”

It was near the end of term, so I did not reply in any controversial manner, but neither did I waste any time at the beginning of the holidays in introducing my daughter to the opinions of those who not only entirely disagreed with Jenny’s mother, but, but who would have liked to tell her of the infinite harm this effort to gain the sympathy of her daughter had done. To my own child this was an example of the hearsay with sooner or later all girls become familiar, even win those schools where it is not a frequent subject of conversation among the girls themselves.

One problem that frequently confronted my patients was the unhappiness of the other women in labour. One of my patient was very comfortable and progressing well towards second stage when the loud d cries and moans of a patient in labour from a neighbouring ward floated through to the peaceful room in which we were situated. Mu patient hastily grasped my hand, looked appealing to me. And said, “How unnecessary is it that she should suffer. Can’t you go and help?” I said that I was indeed grieved but it was no business of mine to interfere uninvited with other cases. I assured her that her cries were not of suffering, but of fear, and under the influence of narcotic drugs. About an hour later, from the ward on the other side, groans obvious to me to be those of a woman in real pain came loudly across the passage. In a few minutes we heard clearly the crescendo of her screams for help. This was extremely disturbing or my patient, who said, “Surely that is not another?”

I explained to her that a perfectly competent doctor was attending her, because I had gone to see whether she was asking for help that could be given by me. This went on for an unhappy quarter of an hour and I was afraid it would disrupt the harmony of my own patient’s labour. But she proceeded quietly, saying, I am not having any pain, why should they?” Later her baby was born perfectly.

Two women medical students were present at her labour. They had asked to see how natural childbirth was conducted. I was as much interested in the expressions upon their faces as I was in the normal, peaceful birth ta I was conducting. Their mouths opened, and, in silence, their eyes opened wider and wider. They looked at the woman as though she was mad or demented; they failed to understand that she was speaking the truth. They had, each of them, seen and conducted many labours bur did not realise the importance of certain simple phenomena of labour that can only under these conditions. As I came away after the birth, one of them commented. “It’s perfectly simple o have a baby like that. If that is what obstetrics, there is nothing in it.” I replied, “Exactly, Obstetricians are essential to deal with the abnormal – they should not complicate the normal.”

When I stopped by to see my patient later she asked about the other two women whose babies had been born that same night. I told her in plain words that all was well with them, but did not tell her that one of the women had been deeply anaesthetised for an hour and a half, her child extracted by forceps, and a large tear of her perineum repaired. The other one had her premium repaired later in the night. I kept for myself all thoughts, and merely left her with the knowledge that they were two mothers with two babies.

 

You can make of this what you will.