Childbirth is a time of exciting change, but it can also be daunting. Choosing the right hospital, planning for taking care of your other children after you give birth, packing your favorite music and snacks are just some of the things to think about before welcoming your new baby into the world. We’ll explore five ways that will prepare you for childbirth.
1) Find the Right Hospital
There are lots of different hospitals that offer maternity services. Talk to friends and family about their experiences with different centers, read online reviews, or schedule appointments for tours at several local medical facilities before deciding where you would like your child’s birth to take place.
Don’t forget an important factor when selecting a hospital – location! Think about how far away it is from home if someone can pick up other children after school if something happens to you during labor, etc. Ensure that the facility has all of the amenities you need/want (i.e., lactation consultant on staff, WiFi access). If they do not have what you desire, consider whether you would be willing to pay out-of-network rates for these services.
2) Plan Ahead
Think about how you would like to handle caring for your other children after the baby is born. Do you want a close friend or family member to come to help out at first? Who will take care of them if you have a cesarean birth and can’t lift anything heavy for up to six weeks afterward? Will they be going back to daycare, staying with Grandma, etc.? Having these plans in place early on means that those around you know their role when it comes time for labor and delivery!
You may also want to start thinking now about breastfeeding. If this appeals to you but isn’t 100% natural, consider hiring a lactation consultant to help you get started. There are also breast pumps that can be rented from local hospitals or medical supply stores if it looks as though breastfeeding is going well for both mother and baby.
3) Online Birth Course
Study online to find out what you need to do before giving birth and the steps that should be taken after the baby is born. Ensure that everyone taking care of your child has received all necessary vaccinations and other preventative measures to protect them from passing certain illnesses on to the newborn. This online birth course can help you learn about what happens throughout the birthing process, as well as how to care for your baby after they are born.
Many online resources will give you advice on preparing yourself physically and emotionally for childbirth with a positive attitude. An online birth course will provide you with a plethora of resources for new moms. If you have experienced pregnancy losses in the past or know someone who has had stillbirths, check with your doctor to see if she offers any specific guidance or support groups that might be helpful during this time.
You may also want to consider staying at home longer before going to the hospital so that everyone involved is more relaxed when it comes time for delivery. Additionally, taking yoga classes or prenatal dance lessons may be beneficial because these types of exercise relieve stress by calming both mind and body.
4) Create a Packing List
To make sure that you do not forget anything at home when it comes time for your child to be born, create a packing list. Include all of the items you will need after giving birth and everything else that may come in handy during labor and delivery.
Remember to pack some baby clothes along with blankets and other items which will keep your newborn warm. You may also want to bring the car seat so that you can take them home immediately after giving birth if all is well or they are in stable condition at the hospital. It’s better to be over-prepared than to find out that you forgot something important.
5) Practice Relaxation Techniques
Since it can be incredibly difficult to relax during labor and delivery, take some time to learn how to do this. By practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or visualization exercises before giving birth, you may find that things go more smoothly because your mind is prepared if something unexpected happens. Also, try yoga classes or prenatal dance lessons to help you relax both physically and mentally.
Having a baby is an exciting yet overwhelming time in your life. By taking some time now to prepare for labor and delivery, you can ensure that everyone around you knows what role they should play during the birthing process while also being prepared with everything necessary at home after giving birth.