Trauma and Perception of Pain in Labour

June 11, 2018

The following is a response to a recent email I received (with her consent). 


Based on the limited information provided I understood that this mother is pregnant with her 4th child, has a history of satisfied births and deliveries.  However, during her third pregnancy she experienced an emotional trauma that impacted her early labor experience, resulting in increased pain with contractions. 


She reached out because she is noticing that she is a. reliving this emotional trauma and b. afraid of the onset of labor because of a perceived notion that it will be painful or perhaps, more painful.  


The questions were as follows: