How To Prepare For Birth
The final delivery process is what most pregnant women look forward to with excitement and anxious anticipation. With a little awareness and care the entire experience can be transformed to a joyous encounter.
Choose a supportive practitioner and ensure that you spend some time speaking to your doctor. The clearer you are about what kind of birthing experience you’d like, the more you can choose someone who will support your vision. Moreover it’s important that you share a comfort level with the doctor as his role is integral in your delivery.
One of the best ways to remove stress and prepare for delivery is to take advantage of hospital childbirth classes. Spending time with other expectant couples and learning about the labour and delivery process is a good form of preparation. You will also learn about different labouring methods, as well as helpful breathing techniques. Attending class with the one who is going to serve as a labor coach will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss the delivery stage by stage. If you can’t attend classes; educate yourself by reading books or watching DVDs on childbirth and woman care.
Choosing your labour coach is also vital. You may want your husband to be in the delivery room to help coach you through labour, or maybe even a friend or a family member. No matter who you choose, make certain that your labour coach is in sync with your views on labour and delivery.
Designing a birth plan helps have a more organized delivery. A birth plan is a document that lists all of the expectations during the labor and delivery process. You can list your preferences during labor and delivery as well as your wishes for care for your newborn immediately following the birth. Remember when you get to the hospital your doctor will only be there once you are ready to push.
Make sure the nurses know what your wishes are and what you have discussed with your care provider. Write a birth plan that is clear and concise.
Choose pain-management techniques that work for you. What helps you relax; be it hypnosis, massage or even music which can render you a stress free and natural pregnancy.
Pack appropriately. Going to the hospital requires a little preparation. Fill your suitcase with personal items like gown, robe, slippers, etc., but also include an outfit for the baby to go home in.
Choosing a hospital or birthing center wisely can make the difference between a birth that’s a treasured memory and one a woman would rather forget.
Don’t go to the hospital too early. Wait until labor is intense and closer than five minutes apart. Arriving at the hospital too early may make the doctors want to speed up or induce labor.
Preparing for birth can be done easily by following these guidelines; after all a little planning can go a long way in rendering a memorable delivery experience.