Labor and Childbirth
Since nine months of pregnancy will ultimately end in labor, it's never too early to begin thinking about what type of childbirth experience you hope to have. Do you want to give birth in a hospital with a doula at your side? Would you like to discover the many advantages of home birth or water birth?
If you're a first-time mom, you may be wondering how you'll recognize the signs of labor and cope with the pain of childbirth. Enrolling in a Lamaze class will help you better understand the changes your body is going through. In addition to easing your anxiety, childbirth education programs also provide an opportunity to socialize with other expectant mothers.
Labor and Childbirth: Every Woman is Unique
While every labor is unique, making a birth plan can improve your odds of having a more satisfying childbirth experience. A birth plan is a short document that lists your preferences regarding important issues such as labor induction, epidurals, and episiotomies. While your healthcare provider will still need to make the appropriate medical decisions to ensure the health of you and your baby, a written birth plan allows him/her to better understand your wishes.
After you've decided on the technical details of your labor, don't forget to preserve your memories of this wonderful moment. Many women choose to videotape their birth experiences. Others feel that still photography does a better job of capturing these important memories. Whichever method you choose, remember that there's no greater joy than becoming a mother!