Ante-natal classes are failing to prepare women for the painful reality of childbirth, a study claims today.
New mothers are often shocked at the "intensity" of the agony they experience in labour, researchers from Newcastle University found.
"Unrealistic" expectations also led many to believe that they wouldn\’t need pain relief during childbirth.
We\’ve had decades of hippie dippy propaganda about "natural childbirth", about how it is the most rewarding off experiences, about how the use of pain relief somehow detracts from the experience.
In truth, it might be some of those things, but it\’s also damned painful. The blame clearly lies with those running the classes, their being a tad unrealistic in what they tell people.