Positive Birth Terms
I have gone all-in on using only positive birth language.
It seems reasonable to suppose that our minds might be open to the subtle differences in meaning, implied with word choice. I would prefer to skew the lens in the direction of the positive, rather than the negative. Why not send subtle messages that imply comfort and safety?
The following is a list of substitutions for phrases commonly used surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. Much of this list was inspired by Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies language suggestions, as well as examples from previous clients.
Term - New Suggestion
Contraction/Pain - Wave or Surge, Expansion
Labor - Birthing Time
Due Date - Guess Date, Birthing Time/Month
Pain - Discomfort/Pressure/Sensation/Tightening
Water Breaking/Rupture - Membranes Release
Bloody Show - Birth Show
Birth Canal - Birth Path
Pushing - Birth Breath (Breathing Down)
Complications - Special Circumstances
Transition - Near Completion, Transformation
Effacing/Dilating - Thinning/Opening
Fetus - Baby
False Labor/Braxton-Hicks - Practice Labor/Pre-Labor
Clients/Patients - Parents, Partners, Moms, Dads
Ring of Fire - Powerful Stretching, Pressure Sensations
Stalled Labor - Resting Labor
Delivery/Deliver - Birthing/Birth