A new study out of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder shows that the pain of labor and birth can be reduced simply by a partner holding hands with the laboring person. Researchers studied 22 heterosexual, long-term couples using simulated labor pain scenarios and found that w
We all know what pain feels like, in varying degrees. But what does pain look like? What do we do with our bodies when we experience something painful? Some of the instinctive responses we use to respond to everyday pain (think stubbing your toe, papercuts, bumping into a piece of furniture, going t
Most birthing moms use some kind of noise -- or lots of noises -- as a way to cope with contractions during labor and birth. It may seem odd or even a little concerning that you could make loud noises in labor, in front of your partner and "strangers" like nursing staff and your care provider. But a
A couple of weeks ago, we posted the "Top 10 Fears Addressed in a Childbirth Class," and reassured you that it's normal to have fears about giving birth and becoming a parent. It's when those fears feel overwhelming, insurmountable, or begin to control your thoughts, actions, and prevent you from mo
Have you ever heard an old-forgotten song or smelled a familiar smell and found yourself thinking of a particular place or time? Stimulating your senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell can be a powerful way to focus or distract your mind.