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Fear + Pain vs Birth

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In being human, experiencing fear is normal and even beneficial to our survival. We have hormones, like the famous adrenaline, that trigger fear in us when there is a perception of danger, giving us a chance to respond accordingly and fast (fight or flight).

However, if we overreact to fear or are not able to manage it in order to navigate the situation at hand effectively, it can become debilitating. There can a reluctance to do what needs to be done or if there are sustained levels of stress hormones in our system, it can hinder other hormones that assist with our coping and wellbeing.

When it comes to birth, some fear is normal. It is normal for a mother to fear for her wellbeing and her baby as a basic survival instinct. In small doses, this is can be a healthy form of fear if it triggers an urge to prepare well for the anticipated process.

If a laboring mother experiences fear, adrenaline is released into the blood stream. If adrenaline levels continue to be sustained, then cortisol (the stress hormone) levels rise accordingly. This can be due to many reasons, for example:

- negative expectations or memories of birth (first time mother/ poor past birthing experience)

- a lack of coping mechanisms or preparation

- a stressful environment (noise and distractions, lack of privacy, lack of inclusion in decision making, harsh lighting…)

- Some fear can be triggered as labor intensifies as a natural reaction to pain

If adrenaline and cortisol are released, and the fear not addressed and resolved before the second stage of labor, it hinders the production of oxytocin and endorphins.

The body needs to be relaxed, and the mind at peace during birth, for oxytocin production and release. 

  1. Oxytocin causes contractions
  2. Endorphins act as natures pain relief during labor.
  3. The release of adrenaline and cortisol naturally counteracts oxytocin release.

This is the process in which fear can slow down and even stall labor. Fear can make the whole experience itself unpleasant and lead to the use of unnecessary interventions.

How to work with FEAR:

  1. One of the most important one it to take good Childbirth Education Classes so the birth process is not a complete mystery.

Knowledge is power, but too much knowledge can be overwhelming and confusing. Google can be a pregnant woman’s convenient friend at times but can also be a source of outdated, inaccurate or fear-based information. This is why it is advised to find a local, trained person, to consult with for evidence-based information.

Then from there, specific fears can turn into questions and questions into answers, suggestions and tips. (watch our YouTube Channel Birth Prep 4-1-1 anytime for some FREE Childbirth Education answers, Prenatal Yoga breathing/ relaxation demo and more Doula tips!)

  1. Another great way to ease fear is to be intentional in the literature and media surrounding birth that one consumes. Choose positive birth stories, read positive affirmations, write a journal of hopes and dreams for the birth. How do you imagine your birth? Visualize the best-case scenario... Take the parts in the movie where the woman is in labor and everyone is in a hysterical panic, with grain of salt! (take a look at the Lending Library on our website!)
  1. Writing a Birth Plan can help create a birthing environment one will feel safe in. Choose people that will give comfort and support that does not feel judgmental to you, even if some fear does arise. (A Doula or Childbirth Educator can assist with Birth Planning!)
  2. A Doula can also be a perfect addition to a woman’s support system when it comes to coping with fear. The extra prenatal support can help one explore fears and learn vital coping, breathing and relaxation skills. During labor and birth, a Doulas hands-on attendance and calming influence in the room can guide the birthing experience to the honored mom-to-be best wishes.

Wishing you (or your loved one) a happy birthing day,

Your Birth Prep Doulas,

Caroline and Erin.

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Discount deal to see Cirque Italia show in Palm Coast - December 2017

Palm Coast Digital Coupon


Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all over the U.S., and with over 90% of shows being sold out, NOW is the perfect time for a substantial investment.

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduces a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show.

This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent - the result is simply out of this world!   

The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance and this 2nd unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.

Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional. For those who enjoy smart and well-thought out comedy, Alex the clown thrills while taking an acrobatic journey on the trampoline. Our Argentinian twin jugglers (with a Guinness World Record in their pockets) can handle all kinds of objects in the air, even fire! There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist as she bends in ways you never would have imagined. She makes it seem so natural, you might end up trying it in yoga class.

Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups.  

This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows.

The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all over the country.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can -and will- come true.

For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10.00-$50.00 depending on availability.  Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

When: December 8-10

Where: 470 Bulldog Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164

At: Town Center – across from Epic Theatres of Palm Coast

-corner of Bulldog Drive & Central Avenue 

—Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent 

  • December 8 – Friday:  7:30pm
  • December 9 – Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
  • December 10 – Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10am – 6pm

On show days: 10am – 9pm

You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text messages.


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