I had a thought yesterday that had me trippin’!
I absolutely adore it when I make a discovery or read something where science supports the Bible. Add that to the science of birthing, and it nearly had me hyperventilating with excitement. (I know, I get excited about weird things.)
Let’s see if I can explain my logic:
I was thinking about how, during the time when a woman is in labor with a baby, it’s really beneficial to completely banish fear, to have a 100% fear-free birth. This is because fear releases adrenaline and noradrenaline (or epinephrine and norepinephrine), which triggers the “fight or flight” response. These “fight or flight” hormones are also the polar opposite, endocrinely speaking, of oxytocin; adrenaline pretty much negates the action of oxytocin: adrenaline will “inhibit oxytocin production, therefore slowing or inhibiting labor“. Oxytocin is a beneficial hormone released during labor that empowers contractions, enables breastfeeding, helps the mother to feel loved and to feel love towards her baby, and strengthens mother-child bonds. Anything a mother can do to feel at ease, to feel protected, to feel loved and well-cared-for while birthing enables her to birth in such a way where her body is not fighting against the mechanisms of the birthing process, and enables her to feel better, all around. In other words, it becomes a reciprocal process: A mother feels loved and safe, so oxytocin is released. That oxytocin, in return, enables the mother to feel even more at ease and calm. “The baby also has been producing increasing amounts of oxytocin during labor; so, in the minutes after birth, both mother and baby are bathed in an ecstatic cocktail of hormones.”
Healthy birth, the way God created it, is a fear-free experience.
In other words, “perfect love casts out fear.”