How a positive mindset can change childbirth, postpartum experience: study – CTV

March 16, 2023

A person’s mindset and attitude going into childbirth can influence both the birthing and postpartum experiences, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology on March 14, found if those who are pregnant see childbirth as a natural process, they are less likely to need pain medication or a caesarean section.

Researchers conducted the analysis with around 300 women, where respondents were asked about their personality traits such as anxiety, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. It also surveyed the mindset of respondents during the pregnancy.

“Mindsets can be understood as a kind of mental lens that guides our perception of the world around us and can influence our behaviour,” Dr. Lisa Hoffmann, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Bonn, said in the study’s press release.

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