Preparation for Labor

  • Regina Lederman
  • Karen Weis


Preparation for labor by expectant women is preparation for work and stress. It is comparable to preparation for motherhood in the sense that the desire to be prepared is not sufficient. The gravida must take steps to reach a state of mental/emotional and physical readiness, through both concrete actions and imaginary rehearsal. Preparation takes the form of “nesting behavior,” attending childbirth preparation classes, reading books about labor, and specifics such as arranging transportation to the hospital. Preparation also entails confronting one’s fears and anxieties and, in general, gearing up or “psyching up” for the ordeal of labor. This process of gearing up is closely related to the gravida’s level of self-confidence and self-esteem, and to her personality style, her past experience with stress, and her manner of resolving conflicts about motherhood.


Expectant Mother Safe Passage Prolonged Labor Practical Step Motherhood Role 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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