These tips for birth preparation are for every birth. Whether you want a waterbirth, are having an induction or you are booked in for a caesarean – there is power in doing birth on purpose.
Putting yourself at the centre of your care is all about knowing your options, having a say and asking questions. This means you can be better prepared for the reality of labour and birth and what it might involve.
Labour and birth can be unpredictable so pregnancy is a time to start gathering knowledge and skills and to get your head ready for what you can do and what you might need.
I have worked with hundreds of expectant parents since 2002 and I have also had three of my own babies, which all required different preparation.
Tips for birth preparation: I passionately believe that it helps to:
- know more about the reality of birth. Labour and birth can be about contractions, tiredness, decisions, doubt, strength and vulnerability. There is great strength in knowing where the challenges might lie, so it’s good to meet this head on.
- know what you can do. To work with contractions, to manage your energy, to be as comfortable as possible, to know your options, to remain calm, to handle challenges and any changes.
- know your options. And more of what to expect – this helps you to be better prepared and to involved in your care.
- ask questions. In pregnancy, during birth and when your baby is here. This helps you to gather knowledge as well as the support and reassurance you may need.
- be honest with yourself. what kind of birth do you want? do you know how to work towards that? how are you feeling? do you have any worries or fears?
- get your head ready. This is about knowledge, perspective, realistic expectations and greater confidence.
- do birth on purpose. Strategic thinking and effective communication are essential for good birth preparation. Rather than leave labour and birth to chance, isn’t it better to have a more informed and confident perspective?
You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby.
antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002
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