_“There is a
difference between pain and suffering. Pain is a physical sensation,
and it's an unpleasant one. It's sometimes associated with damage,
but it can be associated with... physical exertion, muscular
Suffering is a sense
of being overwhelmed, of being helpless, of being out of control.
You can have suffering without any pain... People can have emotional
suffering when they're deprived of something, when they lose a loved
one. They have no physical sensation that causes it, but it's
In childbirth, yes,
many women have suffered in childbirth, and it's because they're not
kindly treated, they're not respected, they don't know anything they
can do for themselves... they feel unloved, so they feel alone. That
can turn the pain into suffering.” - Penny Simpkin
Birth Is A Natural Process...
Our bodies have an innate knowledge of how to birth. While medical care is a good thing, and should always be available, we have developed a culture of mistrust of the birthing process, and that has damaged our ability to let go and allow our bodies to do their job.
Kim Umphrey, RMT & Birth Doula is a firm believer in women's ability to both birth naturally, with few to no interventions - and without suffering! Of course, technology and interventions are there for a reason, and there will be times where it is completely appropriate to use them. This should be the exception to the rule, however, not the "new normal"!
Kim created her Comfort Care Childbirth Preparation program specifically to help women and their partner/support team to learn and feel comfortable with natural labour management techniques, as well as to learn to listen to their bodies and trust their instincts.
Click here to find out more about Comfort Care classes!