Do I really need to prepare for birth?

Do I really need to prepare for birth?

Are you wondering whether you need to prepare for birth? I’ve heard doulas and midwives say that it’s often the 18-year olds who know nothing about birth that have the best births. So what does this mean for the rest of us when it comes to preparing for birth? Does...

7 signs of a woman with tokophobia

7 signs of a woman with tokophobia

How to tell if you know a woman with tokophobia Tokophobia is the extreme fear of pregnancy and birth. It’s not very well known and yet it can affect a lot of women. This extreme or pathological fear of birth is estimated to affect between 4 and 43% of women. 14% is...

Rebecca’s fear-free natural hospital birth

Rebecca’s fear-free natural hospital birth

Rebecca hopes her positive hospital birth story can help others birth without fear We always love receiving positive birth stories here at Fear Free Childbirth and Rebecca has got in touch to share her wonderful positive birth story. Q. How long was your labour and...

We’re #2 in a list of Top Pregnancy & Birth Podcast

We’re #2 in a list of Top Pregnancy & Birth Podcast

Wow! I'm proper chuffed! I’ve just found out that the Fear Free Childbirth podcast has been named at number 2 in a list of the top birth and pregnancy podcasts. So I thought I’d bring out this old pic. I got a bit carried away on this photoshoot - this happens to me a...

The 4 TRUE causes of fear of birth and pregnancy

The 4 TRUE causes of fear of birth and pregnancy

There has been a lot of debate recently around fear of birth and tokophobia, the pathological fear of birth and pregnancy. Much of this debate has centred on the culprits that are being blamed for the rise in women experiencing fear of birth and these culprits have...

7 things NOT to do to a pregnant woman

7 things NOT to do to a pregnant woman

Pregnant women are precious; they are growing a new human being. This magical quality means that pregnant women get extra attention. It’s not always MORE attention though. I’d say it’s a DIFFERENT kind of attention than the kind they’d normally get. I remember how...

I’m speaking at GOLD Perinatal Conference 2018

I’m speaking at GOLD Perinatal Conference 2018

I'm thrilled to have been invited to speak at the GOLD Perinatal Conference 2018 later this year. The title of my talk is "How to prepare women for a fear-free birth" and I can't wait to share my thoughts on this. I've been working with women helping them to clear...

We’re on a list of Best Birth Blogs!

We’re on a list of Best Birth Blogs!

We're one of the best birth blogs on the planet! I know! Crazy, right? When I got the email, I couldn't quite believe it. We're one of the Best Birth Blogs Yes! The Fear Free Childbirth blog has been named #11 on a Top 30 list of the "Best Birth Blogs on the...

Childfree: Positive Choice or Fear-Based Choice?

Childfree: Positive Choice or Fear-Based Choice?

Are you childfree and want to stay that way? If so, is that a positive choice, or one made from a place of fear? It might not be easy to say at first because our fear plays tricks on us. I thought I wanted to be childfree Back in the day, when I was a high-achieving...

Tocophobie, la peur de l’accouchement

Tocophobie, la peur de l’accouchement

Ceci est une traduction de l'épisode de podcast sur la tocophobie qui a été aimablement traduit par une collaboratrice québécoise que vous pouvez suivre sur Twitter: @Tocophobie Aujourd'hui, je veux vous parler de tocophobie pour plusieurs raisons... C'est le terme...

5 things every pregnant woman wants to hear (but doesn’t)

5 things every pregnant woman wants to hear (but doesn’t)

Childbirth is often compared to running a marathon and for good reason. The physical and emotional demands are not dissimilar. A recent study showed that childbirth put an equivalent level of stress and trauma on the body as running a marathon. So I thought I’d take...