Google+ Authentic Parenting: Choosing the Right Care Provider for Your Pregnancy (rerun)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Choosing the Right Care Provider for Your Pregnancy (rerun)

Finding just the right care provider for you isn't a choice that should be made lightly. The attitude your care provider brings to your birth will greatly affect your experience. First you should ask yourself if you would prefer a midwife or an OB for your follow-ups, and where you want to give birth (in a hospital, in a birth center or at home). Always leave the option open for a hospital birth, because in some situations, you will be unable to birth in a birthing center or at home, or you might need to be transferred, so it is best to keep an open mind.

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Before you pick your care provider, think about what you would like for your birth: how do you want to labour, which positions would you like to try, how do you want the baby to be handled after he is born.
Think about all these questions and write down what you would like. Write down where you are flexible and where you aren't.
Bring this list to the first appointment with your care provider and ask him about his views. You will quickly grasp his openness to your ideas. If he isn't open for a dialogue, it is best find someone else.

Shopping around for a care provider is less frequent then it should be. You can change care providers at any time during your pregnancy. You don't have to feel guilty about it, it's your body, your pregnancy, your birth. No matter what, it will be a life altering experience for you and your baby, so you'd best prepare for it and surround yourself with the best support system possible. You don't want to find yourself bickering in the midst of labour.

Feeling confident and 'clicking' with your midwife and OB is infinately more important than giving birth in the hospital you gave birth in last time around.


1 comment:

  1. Expecting mothers can also use hypnotherapy to help prepare for childbirth. Use hypnosis visualization to remain in control of birth experience and move through contractions smoothly.


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