Labor for a Lifetime – Part 2 of 2

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 18th, 2012

Positive Thinking

I am absolute believer in the power of positive thinking. We get what we expect from life. When we expect positive things, we act accordingly and get positive results in return. When expect success we usually succeed; when we expect failure, we usually fail. When we expect health, we make healthy choices; when we expect illness, we are often sick.
In childbirth classes, when worried couples doubted their ability to survive labor, I quoted Henry Ford, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!”

Research shows that emotion–positive or negative–affects human health. There is mounting scientific evidence that hope, faith, love, the will to live, purpose, laughter and festivity can actually help control disease. These aren’t just mental states, but have electromechanical connections that play a large part in the working of immune system.

Positive thinking also affects our performance. The Texas Rangers baseball team years ago lost twenty-one straight games. The manager knew an evangelist was in town and made the team wait in the dugout while he went to have their bats blessed. He came back an hour later with “blessed bats.” The team won nearly every game after that— and the pennant! Were the bats blessed? It doesn’t matter; the team got what they expected.

We can take positive thinking one step farther by incorporating Positive Imaging. Positive visualization is a powerful and mysterious force in human nature that’s capable of bringing about dramatic improvement in our lives. Einstein said, “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”

I instructed laboring moms to visualize the baby moving down the birth canal, the cervix opening, and baby in their arms. I literally watched their bodies respond. We know the expected response is true in biofeedback, when blood pressure and pulse rates are reduced with imaging techniques.

Cancer patients say they have less nausea and vomiting when visualizing a serene white beach of Maui, cascading waterfalls, peaceful sunsets. But it seems that can work in reverse. One cancer patient saw her doctor in the grocery store and it brought back such intense images of nausea with her chemo, she threw up on the spot!

Breathing, relaxation, positive thinking and positive visualization work for sick people and labor patients and it will work for you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever be asked to rescue babies in cardboard boxes in war-torn countries, but God knows you rescue people every day in what you do. Remember to use your labor tools to affect not only your happiness, but your health.

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