Human Birth Versus Animal Birth

Human Birth Versus Animal Birth

It’s not a secret that as mammals, we have certain traits similar to our animal counterparts. One of the similarities is actually the birthing process.

Mammal and Human Births

Although humans are very complex, we are actually not so different from our animal counterparts. Physically, there is one obvious similarity between expecting human mothers and their animal counterparts. Both their bodies are designed to give birth safely through natural processes.

This is not to say that all mothers should give birth naturally, but that this is a highly available option that can be safe, calm, and manageable.

Like humans, a mammal’s body uses hormones to signal the muscular walls of the uterus to contract to expel the baby. Other hormones tell their bodies when it’s time to go into labour.

Our Hormones Know Best

Have you ever noticed why your cat gave birth in the middle of the night in a hidden drawer or basket? Their prolactin or the mothering or nesting hormones tell them to look for the safest and most isolated place to give birth, where they will not be disturbed. This hormone is also responsible for stopping (or pausing) the labour when the animal feels that it is not safe to continue the birthing process.

This hormone is actually present in our human bodies. Some women in labour have a hard time giving birth when surrounded by so many people because her instincts may be reacting to the unfamiliar place or people at her most vulnerable and intimate time.

Our body also produces oxytocin, the love hormone, which causes surges and contractions. Oxytocin is at its highest during the birth. This orgasmic feeling gives mothers euphoria, which makes childbirth an intimate and wonderful experience. Unfortunately, when an epidural is used, the oxytocin levels stop. Even with synthetic oxytocin, the euphoric feeling will no longer be the same.

Birth in the Wild

When a sheep is about to give birth, it leaves its herd to find an isolated place for labour. Animals aren’t the only ones who do this. In the 18th century, expecting mothers in a tribe of Canadian Indians would give birth by themselves in a small isolated hut built for birthing purposes.

This tells us that an average woman’s body, like an animal’s, is equipped with the right hormones, muscles, and power to give birth. While we have taken further steps in civilization and technology as a race, we still have our mammalian roots that can open up more opportunities for our birth.

Animal mothers can sense the time of their labour, yet they seem to exhibit less fear than human mothers do. While the common image of a woman in labour is filled with terror and uncontrolled screams, most animals in labour barely make a sound. With Hypnobirthing Home Study Course, a mum-to-be can bask in the same intimate, calm, and relaxed ambience during their birth.

What’s important is for you to know all the options available for you to make your birth a memorable and pleasant one.

Meet Kathryn Clark
As a qualified Pregnancy and Birth Counsellor, Kathryn has helped countless women overcome their crippling fears surrounding pregnancy and birth 

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