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Wait! Before You Have that Baby…

While you’re still pregnant, please take a little time to:

  • Read books about birth. The Birth Book by Dr. & Mrs. Sears and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and The Newborn by Penny Simkin & others were a couple of my favorites. The more you know about the process, the less scary it is, and the better prepared you will be to handle each stage. Reading balanced birth books will help you to determine what type of birth you would like.
  • Take a reputable childbirth course. Being educated and prepared is the best thing you can do for yourself! If you can get into a small class, the instructor might be able to spend more individual time with you and your partner helping to show you laboring positions, comfort measures, and other techniques for coping.
  • Read some encouraging birth stories. Positive birth stories help to mentally prepare you for labor, helping you to be less apprehensive and feeling readier to face the challenge ahead.
  • Watch birth videos. Again, if you can actually see what an amazing thing you are going to do, it will help you to be less afraid. It is a beautiful thing to watch a new life come into the world.
  • Exercise! It helps you to feel better and stay strong through your pregnancy (especially in the final cumbersome stage), but I also suspect that it might help you through labor a little bit better. (That might not be a hard and fast rule, but it can’t hurt!)
  • Just like you stopped listening to unhelpful pregnancy advice and comments, try to stop listening to all those labor horror stories. If the person isn’t trying to encourage you, gently say thank you for the advice, put it out of your mind, and merely continue on your own way preparing for labor. If you are frightened of labor beforehand, you may get even more scared once it starts. Don’t let this happen. Advance preparation for risks and complications is a good thing, but being blindly afraid is not.
  • Write a birth plan. Check out Why You Should Plan Your Birth for some good reasons to do this.

The more we are prepared for birth, we’ll be less frightened, more level-headed about decisions to be made, and less tense about the process itself. All of this makes for a more pleasant birth experience.