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Scream during childbirth


Although many women scream during childbirth, the topic of "screaming, humming, moaning or purring" is still rarely addressed. For many young people I devote myself to emotions, listening to my own needs, is perceived as a weakness. Women giving birth are afraid of the environment reaction, which often unnecessarily prolongs delivery and increases pain.

Harmful superstition

The fear of shouting in the delivery room seems to have extensive roots. Even 30 years ago, so relatively recently, there was a superstition that if a woman screams during childbirth, her father is not her husband. This one. There is another reason: social fear, especially among the older generation of shouting, which is perceived as something bad. Sometimes a pregnant woman, already in advanced pregnancy, hears from her mother and aunt: "don't shout!" It happens that women screaming during childbirth are referred to as "Those that can't cope", are calmed down by midwives who point out that the scream disturbs other women in the delivery room.

Why this screaming problem in the delivery room? Before the world heard about the campaign "Giving birth humanly" the screams in the delivery room were very badly received, and those giving birth often had to reckon with unrefined comments. And although a lot has changed in this respect today, screaming women are often the subject of jokes.

Meanwhile, childbirth is extreme, primary and free experience. It is controlled by that area of ​​the brain that occurs in all animals. This is why during childbirth a woman often has the impression of "being in a different world", in the consciousness in which she is outside her body and without affecting her body's responses.

Women, although they often feel the need to shout emotions, they don't do it, because they are afraid of how their partner, medical staff will perceive their behavior. There is no shortage of those who are afraid to give up the moment and trust their body, ignoring unpleasant glances and unpleasant comments.

Midwives' experience emphasize that screaming can be helpful, but under certain conditions ...

Scream or not scream?

Although opinions on this subject are divided, the majority of maternity wards are convinced that if a woman feels the need to scream, she should not stop her. Mainly because there is a link between loosening the mouth and opening the birth canal. Screams in advanced labor delivery accelerate the opening of the cervix, shorten delivery. Thanks to them, you can relax, let out your emotions, reduce pain and experience the most difficult stage of a child's birth. On the other hand, screams can (though not necessarily) make us tired faster and we will not be able to focus on proper breathing. Lack of response to midwife's advice may also be a problem.

Screams often accompany also swearing and rude comments. Sometimes the addressee is medical staff, sometimes a partner. This is another "disadvantage" of opening up to your own emotions. On the other hand, basic knowledge about childbirth is enough to make this minus matter matter.

When to scream

Scream accompanies us every day, from birth, when it becomes a way to relax the lungs and start breathing. Over time, it becomes a way to express fear, aggression, dissatisfaction, and even domination and discharge of emotions.

Screaming can be helpful if it occurs in the advanced part of the first stage of labor, when the neck is 7cm wide and the woman gets more and more tired and there is a desire to leave the delivery room.

You can afford a scream in at the moment of contraction a moment without contraction using to stabilize breathing and relaxation. This scream allows you to start the abdominal press muscle and initiate the flow of endorphins and adrenaline. That is why it is natural during the second stage of childbirth, when a woman passes and a child is born.

Each of us is different

One woman will give birth to a child in complete silence, another will need a cry to relieve pain. Contrary to what you think, there is no full dependence on the nature of the woman giving birth. For example, Agnieszka Chylińska, known for her sharp language and "life loudness", did not hide that she was screaming during childbirth. This does not mean, however, that every energetic woman will make loud noises. A person who is often shy every day can be very open to his own emotions, shouting "high-pitched". And he has the full right to do so.