Looking for metaphorical images to divert attention during childbirth
February 7, 2012 4:55 AM Subscribe
Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor.
posted by Xalf to health & fitness (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Baby Xalf is arriving next month! One of the many comfort measures suggested in Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner
is Attention Focusing, which "diverts the mother's mind from her pain by having her concentrate on something else." Baby Xalf's mom has lots of ideas for what something else could be, but I thought I'd try to create some other options by printing up ten or so images of inspiring metaphors for pregnancy. I have some obvious ideas, like space shuttle launches
, but I'm open to more subtle ideas (especially ideas that are not so stereotypically male!). Links to specific images are great, copyright free images are greater.
P.S. Please don't be shy about sharing relevant personal experiences from your labor.
P.P.S. I am absolutely prepared for this idea to not in fact be of any help to Baby Xalf's mom. We are practicing lots of other comfort measures.