There's been a lot of recent anecdotal evidence and studies to suggest that women who feel mentally prepared for labour and childbirth had easier, more straightforward births with minimal intervention. Those who have a lot of fear and trepidation about the birthing experience apparently take longer to fully dilate and are more likely to wind up having complications.
I was just wondering if this is all total rubbish, or whether this matches up with your experiences of childbirth, particularly with your first? Would be interested to hear your thoughts... (Can you tell I'm nearing my due date?? )
Perversly I was always terrified of labour my whole life but when my contractions started - gently over two days before I was in established labour; I felt very calm! I waited at the last moment to get to hospital instead of rushing at the first twinge etc..
My established labour was a few hours and I had a small tear. Once it was all going and I was in pain, it was obvisouly too late to back out and you had to just get through it.
I felt really prepared and confident. Then BAM first contraction! Was in full blown labour contracting every 3-4 minutes within an hour, no build up at all. Laboured for 21 hours, pushed for almost 3 before DD came with ventouse suction. Horrid barbaric experience at the end