Sports Psychology Methods to Help Ease Childbirth
The process of birthing a child isn’t an easy one. Often, expectant moms feel a sense of anxiety as childbirth draws closers. Sports psychology techniques can help in managing the “monumental task of birthing a human,” according to a New York Times article.
Methods that work
“I wanted to face childbirth with the same kind of confidence that radiated from the runners I admired, so I turned to sports psychology for advice,” said Serena Solomon, the Australian journalist based in New York, who wrote the Times article.
Her strategies included:
- Mimicking an athlete’s pregame routine, like reciting affirmations about their game plan.
- Gathering positive data about a specific fear she had about the birth process, such as surgery if a cesarean delivery was needed.
- Developing a mindfulness plan consisting of meditations aimed at dealing with each of the difficult parts of the birthing process. (Feeling overheated? Visualize a cool swimming pool.)
- Training to adapt if something didn’t go as planned. Have an action ready, such as knowing to take a deep breath or clenching and unclenching fists to help refocus to move past the setback.
- Staying mindful and exploiting the positives, such as resting between contractions.
The truth is that the United States, despite medical advances, can be a dangerous place to give birth.
“The vast majority of women in America give birth without incident. But each year, more than 50,000 are severely injured. About 700 mothers die. The best estimates say that half of these deaths could be prevented, and half the injuries reduced or eliminated with better care,” according to a USA Today story in 2018 by Alison Young.
If the happiness of child birth dissolves into heartbreak because of an injury to the baby or mother, Tyrone Birth Injury Lawyers of Atlanta, Georgia has the experience to help.
An injury suffered by a child or mother in the birth process can leave parents bewildered. Tyrone Birth Injury Lawyers specialize in helping parents find accurate information about a child’s medical condition and mount a plan of action.
The harm to babies from childbirth injuries can include damage to the brain or spinal cord, cerebral palsy and facial paralysis. The clock starts ticking after a child birth injury, in terms of deadlines by which you can take legal action. If you wait too long, you could miss your opportunity for justice.
Why hire an attorney?
Many medical professionals will claim they did all they could to avoid such injuries. That’s not always true. We can help you not only find out what went wrong during childbirth but develop a plan to help you.
Among the reasons you should hire an attorney if a childbirth injury has occurred are:
- Medical professionals rarely admit malpractice.
- Insurance companies rarely offer enough money to cover long-term child care.
- Lawyers can negotiate with insurance companies to take care of your family.
- If insurers refuse to cooperate, a lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
To find out how we can help you, contact us today.