Preparing for the birth of your baby can seem like a daunting task. Birth-Day and Beyond hopes to make your journey more manageable by compiling answers to common questions and providing links to local service providers where applicable. Thank you for visiting our site, we hope you will come back soon!
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Choosing a Healthcare Provider
Your provider will have a significant impact on your birth experience. If possible interview providers to discover who has the same ideas about birth that you do. (Reading books, taking classes and viewing trusted sites can help you consider what you want your birth to look like) You will find that once aligned with a trusted provider you can reduce stress and feel secure in the decisions that you will be making together throughout your pregnancy and through the delivery of your baby.
Whew, what a load off!
Obstetrician listening for heartbeat...
Do you want a Birth Doula?
A doula is a professional labor support person who provides informational, emotional and physical support for the birthing family. (A doula does not give medical advice or perform medical procedures)
*Studies show having a doula at your birth can lead to improved outcomes including:
Less need for medication
Greater maternal satisfaction with childbirth
Less Postpartum Depression
Easier initiation of breastfeeding
For more information about hiring a doula visit www.DONA.org
*Special Women By:Paulina Perez, Cheryl Snedeker 2000; DONA Position Paper The Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care
Doula comforting a mom in labor
Finding a pediatrician
Much like choosing a provider for yourself, you will want to find a doctor for your baby that you trust. Your baby may just join the same family practice you are a part of or you may want to seek out a pediatrician who specializes in child wellness. Again an interview will be key to finding a good match for you and your family; so spend some time in your third trimester doing your homework to find the best fit for your family.
Doctor and nurse examining baby
Midwife feeling for labor contractions
Deciding on a birthplace
Just as your provider will have a significant impact on your birth experience so will where you decide to give birth. Whether at the hospital, a birth center or at home it is important to do your homework and discover what seems like the best fit for you. If you know your birthplace make sure to sign up for a tour there to learn the routine procedures and common practices of that facility. (These are typically FREE) If you are undecided visit any that are on your list to see which one most meets your needs. Also if considering delivering at a birth center or home find out the closest hospital available for transfer if it becomes necessary so you will be prepared for all possibilities. Trusting your combination of provider and birthplace can help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.