When it comes to adding a new addition to your family, there’s a lot that you need to think about. From creating a beautiful nursery to working out the financial side of things, adding to your brood comes with the need for a lot of planning.
One of the most important parts of bringing a new life into the world is planning the birth itself. Until you get pregnant, you don’t realize just how much time and effort goes into planning the perfect birth experience.
From your first doctor’s appointment, you’re told to start planning your birth, to ensure it’s what you want it to be. The question is, what do you need to think about when it comes to planning the perfect birth experience?
Do you have a birth plan?
The first thing that you need to do is ask yourself whether you have a birth plan in your head. The chances are that you already know what you want the birth to be like, it’s just a case of getting those ideas down on paper. Of course, a birth plan isn’t just about how you want the birth to be; it’s also about the lead up to it. For example, if you have older children, your birth plan should cover who will look after them while you’re at the hospital. As well as who will drive you to the hospital. You also need to consider where you want to give birth – at a hospital or at a birthing unit like the ones that Stand & Deliver Midwifery offers. You need to think about what you want from the birth as well as what will be best for the baby.
How do you want to give birth, naturally or with pain relief?
By far one of the biggest things that moms-to-be umm and err about is whether or not to have pain relief. The problem is that many moms-to-be are stuck between wanting to do what’s best for their baby and what’s best for them. It can be hard knowing whether to opt to have pain relief or not, but try not to stress too much about it. Remember, once you’re in labor you can always change your mind and go another way, it’s just a good idea to give your midwife an idea of how you want the birth to go.
Who will be present at the birth?
Another thing that you need to think about is who you want present at the birth. Part of making a birth plan is deciding who you want to be at the birth with you – normally you’re allowed two people at a maximum. If you’re not sure who you want with you, don’t worry as you’ve got plenty of time to decide. Try to think about who makes you feel the calmest and most in control, and choose them to come with you.
Preparing for the birth of your new addition isn’t something that you can’t rush, it takes time and thought. You need to ensure that you get everything planned out so that you don’t need to worry that your birth won’t go how you want it to.