CrowdScience: Why Is Childbirth Painful?
Childbirth is different for everyone. Crowdscience: Why Is Childbirth Painful? Depending on who you ask, it is one of life’s greatest and worst experiences – and can be anything from traumatic and excruciating to life-affirming and spiritual.
But what pretty much every mother will agree on is that there is pain. But why is such a fundamental aspect of life so painful? And why do some women find it worse than others?
Presenter Gareth Barlow – who does not expect to be giving birth ever – goes on a quest to understand the experience of labour pain and why evolution has not given women an easier ride. He discovers the latest research into the nature of pain and whether pain thresholds are a real thing.
We also hear from CrowdScience listeners about their own experiences, and find out if techniques like relaxation and deep breathing can help bringing new life into the world that little bit easier.