As the due date gets closer, it’s common for expectant women to start feeling nervous, dreading the pain of childbirth, or worrying about the unknown things that could happen. The good news is that through education and doing your research, you can put many of your fears at ease.

At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we also offer free consultations where you can share your concerns and ask questions in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Identify your fears

Empower yourself by first identifying the specific aspects of childbirth that make you most nervous. This act of self-awareness is a crucial step in taking control of your fears and addressing them effectively.

If it’s the fear of childbirth pain, have an open discussion with your OB/GYN. They can provide guidance on pain management options, like getting an epidural, and help put your mind at ease.

Educate yourself

Taking the time to educate yourself can go a long way in soothing your fears about childbirth. Start by learning about the stages of labor; this will help you know what to expect and avoid being caught off-guard, which can heighten anxiety.

Explore the different options for your birth setting, whether that’s a hospital, birthing center, or home birth, as well as the various provider types, such as OB/GYNs and midwives.

Build a Support System

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Reach out to other women who have experienced childbirth and share your fears and concerns. Be open to their stories, especially those with positive experiences. Their firsthand accounts can provide a powerful perspective.

Schedule a Free Appointment

While talking with your doctor and educating yourself can help ease your concerns, talking to a peer in a non-clinical setting is also helpful.

At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we are available for free appointments where you can share your concerns, get information, and come away feeling empowered about your pregnancy options and how to overcome your fears. You are not alone.

Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment in the Freeport or Rockford area (Loves Park).