In our risk-focused world, it’s great to see a study focusing on the positive benefits of physiological birth. A research study published in BMJ Open (Olza et al 2018) has brought together the results of eight other qualitative studies of women’s experiences of physiological birth and shows how this can be an empowering journey for women.
In the authors’ own words:
“Giving birth physiologically is an intense and transformative psychological experience that generates a sense of empowerment. The benefits of this process can be maximised through physical, emotional and social support for women, enhancing their belief in their ability to birth and not disturbing physiology unless it is necessary.”
(Olza et al 2018)
And if ever there was a time in which we need to enhance women’s belief in their ability to birth and not disturb physiology unless it is necessary, it is now.