Donegal mum Maria Coleman has become an advocate for the Positive Birth Movement in the north-west, and is now working towards spreading her positive message to mums-to-be across the county.
Maria explained to Donegal Woman that pregnancy can seem quite scary, particularly with the dramatic depiction of labour in films and in television programmes such as ‘One Born Every Minute.’ A woman on her back, legs akimbo grimacing and howling in pain; this representation of birth leads to birth negativity, she says.
However, Maria is working to change this with free-to-attend Positive Birth Movement meet-ups, which promise to be a new beacon of positivity in the region.
The PBM is a global network of informal antenatal discussion groups that encourage peers to meet, discuss, and help navigate each other through the birth journey. In these groups, fear of childbirth is replaced by information, affirmation and empowerment.