What a beautiful clip. A level of fear is normal and should be expected HOWEVER that fear should not be so great that it disables a woman from giving birth the way nature intended.
a low level is normal and healthy, humans are afraid of the unknown, of what we ourselves have not experienced - its a survival instinct. Its when that fear is fed and becomes bigger than what a person can cope with that it becomes dangerous.
I admit to being afraid. Ive done it before and had my concerns right up until my son was given to me to cuddle and feed - what if I couldn't do it, what if there was something wrong, what if I couldn't feed him after and funnily enough the one that had me MOST worried at the time what if its not cute!! (lol yes, while pushing that was a serious concern, though hes just gorgeous grin) I'm due any time now and have the same feelings this time although, they have been alleviated somewhat by the fact that I've done it before but every labour and birth is different.
And now I've COMPLETELY forgotten my point. But I think the Antenatal counselling is a brilliant idea. Here in NZ we are lucky as home birth and natural birth are considered normal. I have factors at play that mean I'm best in hospital but I have a midwife (one main care provider) who is a fantastic support and advocate for me (I also know if anything crops up she is more than capable of helping me and Hubby make the right decision for us). This helps to relieve some of the fear I think. The relationship with the person who will be helping to guide our younglings into our arms.
And I'm jsut gonna leave it there cos I'll confuse myself again. Too early, too pregnant to think straight smile
Love my boys M-10/05/08 J-01/12/09