Birth philosophies…we all have them even if we don’t know it!
Philosophy sounds so complicated but it really is very simple – it is the ideas you have formed regarding what birth should look like. Is that in a hospital, birthing center or at home? With an OB or a Midwife? Family or professional support like a Doula?
Birth philosophies are created by: Upbringing, experiences, societal “norms”, stories and education.
Birth philosophies influence: Provider, place of birth, support choices, feelings about interventions and baby care.
Explore your options, get educated and you may find a shift in your philosophy or it might be strengthened. Once you know your own mind and heart it is worth it to connect with a care provider that shares your philosophy in a way that creates a common trust. Who you choose to provide care and where you birth have a tremendous impact on the kind of birth you will have!
Start thinking about what your ideas are early on and share them with your partner. Making a birth preference sheet with your partner opens communication and allows you both to share your fears, goals, hopes and dreams for your birth and your baby. Congratulations on this joyous time in your life…after you have done all of your practical preparations take this time to rest, relax and nurture yourself.