Water birth, hospital birth, epidural birth, cesarean birth and the list goes on! The ideal birth differs from one woman to the next and it oftentimes doesn't go exactly as planned but that doesn't mean it won't be a positive experience. Study after study has revealed a few themes that influence birth experiences: having a mind/body connection throughout labor and consistency of support. At The Birth Boutique, we love helping moms and families prepare for a positive birth. Read on for some suggestions to help you prepare!
1. BE INFORMED. Now is the time to get educated about all the options available to you. Take some time to think about your baby’s birth and learn about the different options for birthing your baby. How do you want to feel? Where do you want to be? Who will provide your maternity care? There are options and each have their pros and cons.
- Model of care (midwifery vs medical)
- Setting (hospital vs birth center vs home)
- Medicated vs Unmedicated
2. MAKE CONNECTIONS. Once you have a vision for your birth, find the team to help you get there. You will want to find a good match based on what is important to you.
- Potential providers (OB and Midwife). Maternity care providers have a broad range of practice styles. Set up consultations to talk with any potential providers and get to know their style and approach.
- Partner- Talk with your partner about his/her support
- Doula support- Labor doulas provide continuous support throughout labor and delivery (emotional, physical, informational)
3. PREPARE WITH INTENTION. Now spend time preparing! It’s important to take time mentally and physically to prepare.
- Childbirth education (Hospital classes vs non- Hospital based classes, Informed Beginnings, Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, Lamaze, etc.)
- Chiropractic care
- Reading and listening to positive birth stories
http://www.ican-online.org/chicago/ (for VBAC moms)
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Kitzinger
The Birth Partner by Peggy Simkin
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin