Midwife Claire Wood answers your pregnancy related questions.
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Nina Sebastiane: Pregnant women have thousands upon thousands of questions about their pregnancy. Will it hurt? How much will I scream, what if get to the hospital and I am too late, I have had the baby. Here at the baby channel, we've teamed up with some top midwives to answer all of your pregnancy questions and concerns that Claire Wood from the Queen Charlotte hospital, London has joined me in the studio. Welcome Claire. Claire Wood: Okay. Nina Sebastiane: Now you've been a midwife a few years now. What's the sort of biggest fear do you think that most pregnant women have about having a baby? Claire Wood: I think it is almost always how much it's going to hurt. I think that's their biggest fear, putting aside every pregnant woman's desire to have a normal healthy baby, which is almost taken as red. I think after that they worry about how much labor will hurt. Nina Sebastiane: And what you tell them? Claire Wood: Well, I think that's the big challenge for the midwife to reassure women about labor and their own ability to cope with labor. And that's not something that you can do overnight. I think that's a process that goes on throughout antenatal care in terms of preparing women for what is undoubtedly and enormously stressful physical and physiological event. But reassuring them that, it is something that they are equipped to do. Nina Sebastiane: Yes we have been doing it for millions of years that for don't worry about it will be fine. Claire Wood: Yes, absolutely. But at the same time not trying to hoodwink, I mean to thinking that, well, you're not and feel the thing because clearly that's not the case - it's important to manage their expectation realistically. Nina Sebastiane: Well, I remember with my first birth, I have this list as long as my arm of stuff I needed to take to the labor ward with me. And now with the second pregnancy, I've gone through the old list printed of the computer. I just laughed to all the things that I can ignore. What would you say to somebody getting that list ready? Claire Wood: I think very much what you've said, don't take too much in because you won't need that much. Nina Sebastiane: I had books, hot chocolate, little stereo to listen some music, some candles and I thought, when on earth would I have had any chance to use any of these stuff. Claire Wood: Yes, I think it very much depends what sort of birth you are planning and clearly, you might be making different preparations depending on whether you are hoping to have a water birth or whether you for another reason brought to an electric caesarean section. So it will depend from women to women but I think it's better to aeromassage if less is more. Nina Sebastiane: Now you are coming from a midwifery-led background. You know, how important do you think if you are going to that environment, is it to have a birthing plan? Claire Wood: I think a birthing plan is very useful for everybody concerned, not only for the women but also for her partner. I think it is very important for the women and her partner to have a clear understanding between them or what their expectation are from this event and particularly, for the partner who can feel quite just enfranchise from what's going on because he is not experiencing the pain and he can't do anything about it and he is not having the baby. It can fell quite left out to the process. It's also very important for the midwives or the caregivers who ever they are, to understand what the woman's feelings are about different scenarios that might arise in Labor. So I think a birthing plan is very useful. What I'd say is that there is enormous potential for disappointment with birthing plans if they are too prescriptive because labor is an unpredictable event and if women are very wedded to certain aspects of their birthing plan, there is always a potential for disappointment. Nina Sebastiane: I mean I remember going in as you are saying into my labor, thinking -- I am fairly flexible if I