I had my first experience at the women and children’s hospital on Friday morning, and one moment that really stood out to me was when an expecting mother presented with major placenta praevia. This is when the placenta is too close to the cervix, and is poorly positioned for normal delivery.
I won’t go into too much detail, but she was with her partner in the hospital bed, surrounded by health professionals who were doing everything according to protocol, reassuring her and checking to make sure that everything was okay both physically and emotionally, and she became so very afraid.
There was no better place for her to be at that point in time, given her condition.
But maybe it was just the scariness of not having everything under control, and having to put your trust in these people who were clearly equipped and ready to care, but who were effectively strangers up until that point.
Loss of control is scary at first if you haven’t yet learnt to trust those who are in control, even if they are the best people for the job.