Signals which are always interpreted by the laboring woman
In labor the stimuli coming from the uterine contractions and from dilation of the cervix act as signals to the brain- signals which are always interpreted by the laboring woman in terms of what she believes is happening in birth. These beliefs involve a map of the body in which the individual operates, and of other peoples body worlds, which is shared between women in any one society, is handed down from mother to daughter, and is social in origin.
Pain does not simply exist perse. It always means something to the person concerned and to the wider society of which that person is a part. It is related to past experiences and expectations… Author: Sheila Kitzinger, Education and Counseling for Childbirth, 1979