Unless treated, pain is a nearly universal experience in childbirth. Expectant mothers are typically regaled with tales from female relatives, friends, and strangers alike about their experiences of labour pain. But, despite expectations of pain in labour, the searing nature of that pain can often take women by surprise. As one Australian mother put it recently, labour pain was ‘more [and] different pain that I had ever imagined.’ Her pain transmuted into real suffering, becoming physically unbearable and emotionally unmanageable. This chapter hones in on how women narrate pain and suffering as part of a process of making meaning of their experiences of labour and birth.
|Title of host publication||Paths To Parenthood|
|Subtitle of host publication||Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenthood|
|Editors||Renata Kokanovic, Paula A. Michaels, Kate Johnston-Ataata|
|Place of Publication||Gateway East Singapore|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Aug 2018|
Michaels, P. A. (2018). Pain and suffering in labour and birth. In R. Kokanovic, P. A. Michaels, & K. Johnston-Ataata (Eds.), Paths To Parenthood: Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenthood (1st ed., pp. 69-92). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0143-8_4