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Nearly half of mothers 'enjoy giving birth', survey finds

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Almost half of mothers enjoyed giving birth − but 64% of women said it was the most painful experience of their lives, according to a survey.

Asked to recall their pre-birth expectations, the study found 44% of women did not feel anyone had fully prepared them for giving birth.

But despite this, 47% said they actually enjoyed the experience, according to the survey of over 1,662 Mumsnet users.

Meanwhile, 44% would do it differently the next time or not give birth again, and 64% said it was the most physically painful experience of their lives.

A spokeswoman for the website described the apparent inconsistent figures of 47% saying they enjoyed it and 64% agreeing about the extent of the pain as “just one of those contradictions of birth”.

The survey found 19% of women were still having sex in their ninth month.

The majority of women − 81% − said images and portrayals of women giving birth on TV and films were normally unrealistic.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet Founder, said: “It can be tricky to find unvarnished truth about what giving birth is actually like.

“We’re either presented with a soft-focus vision of loveliness with the mum-to-be barely breaking out in sweat, or we’re scared half to death with tales of surgery, emergency and ruthless pain,” she said.




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  • It is definitely unreal to portray women having a couple of labour pains and then delivering as they do on film. However childbirth although a painful experience is a worthwhile one and I would expect the percentage of women who said they actually 'enjoyed giving birth' as those who had opted for an epidural!

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