Childbirth experience for autistic women
The birthing experience of autistic women is often very different than that of the average woman. Autistic women have a lower pain tolerance and a different response to pain than the typical woman. The sensory experience of childbirth is also difficult for autistic women because it can be difficult for them to tolerate bright lights, loud noises, and sometimes even their own body sensations. A lack of understanding about autism can lead to a hostile or even abusive birth environment for autistic women, which only makes the experience more traumatic.
There are many ways to make the birthing experience better for autistic women, though! It’s important for doctors to give time and attention to each patient in order to understand their situation and make them feel comfortable. This includes listening carefully to their questions, concerns, and preferences regarding their own birth plan. Doctors should also make sure that autistic mothers understand what is happening during the labor process so they know what to expect (and can communicate with the doctor if they don’t like something).
For example, some mothers may not want an epidural during labor or delivery because they are afraid of needles or just don’t like how it feels when they get one. Doctors should be open-minded about these choices because every birthing person has different preferences as well as circumstances beyond their control