Birth Essentials

Here’s why you need to feel safe in labour

how to feel safe in labour

Feeling safe can be crucial in labour and for birth, which is reliant on a balance of hormones. If you feel unsafe, scared, unsettled, panicky or overwhelmed your body might be creating too much adrenaline, which can affect how well your labour and birth flows – it can slow it down and it can make you tired.

If you are feeling unsafe when you are labouring, your body might hold on to your baby until your body relaxes again. And the opposite can also happen – stress can sometimes speed things up and you can birth very quickly, especially if you were close to pushing.

While labour and birth can always be a bit unpredictable, feeling unsafe doesn’t help. If you are feeling unsafe, ask yourself what needs to change?


Book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby.

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antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002

Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right.

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An experienced specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting, I have worked with parents since 2002. I am based in the North East so I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across North Tyneside. Face-to-face sessions will continue with North East parents but digital courses and online sessions means I can work with parents everywhere.