39. Have You Experienced the Nocebo Effect?
Nocebo, placebo all these interesting terms we have to tell people you what your experiences are. Amongst academics, the nocebo effect is described as experiencing a negative response to a drug or treatment based on the belief that you will respond negatively. The nocebo effect in regard to pregnancy and birth is intertwined with the expectation that has been created that pregnancy and birth are medical events waiting to happen, that the normal stress of pregnancy and the physiologic adaptations that a woman’s body has to support her growing baby are somehow a problem to be managed, always a risk, and that risk comes with fear, and that fear comes with side effects, which may present as the very thing everyone around a pregnant mom is scared of.So today we are going to look at the concept of the nocebo effect and I hope that this help you to recognize if this is happening to you or the pregnant mamas in your care, or your loved ones, or anyone else you might notice who is affected by this influence. So let's begin to explore the nocebo effect on this episode of the journey to birth podcast._______________________________Further info & opportunities:Learn about The Natural Birth Compass Online Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare for your birth by clicking here.Download your copy of the assessment our students and podcast guests use by clicking here.