Preparing for Childbirth- Keep your Doctor Informed

A big part of pregnancy is childbirth, and as you take your childbirth class and read up on childbirth, you will be encouraged to consider what kind of childbirth you want to have. Do you listen to the advice that says, "Let your body do what it was made to do. Instead of fighting against your labor, learn to relax and work with your body. Natural childbirth is the best method of delivery." Or do you listen to those who would tell you, "Have you taken leave of your senses? Why would you put yourself through that pain when you could have an epidural?" If you don't feel strongly one way or another, doing the following can help you decide:

·      Who are you? Are you natural minded, and hate taking even a Tylenol for a headache, or do you run to the medicine cabinet for just about everything? If you have difficulty trying natural remedies for aches and pains, you may not be the best candidate for natural childbirth-though there are exceptions.

·      Consult Your Health Care Provider. Most of the time, health care providers have a set routine. They have been trained, and they also want what is best for the birth. Your health care provider may or may not be receptive to some of your ideas. 

·      Start journaling. Writing down your thoughts and plans can help you establish priorities and develop a list of ideas to help you create a birth plan.

·      Compile Considerations. Ask about all of the routine policies and procedures in your birth setting. If you do not agree with a policy or procedure, you should discuss it with your health care provider.

·      Do you have a high-risk pregnancy and birth? If so, you may have to make concessions for you and your baby's health. Talk to your care provider about what you want for your birth and the best way to get it.

·      Remain reasonably flexible in your desires. Things don’t always go according to plan. Remember, the important thing is the safe birth of your baby.

·      Keep in mind that every birth is different. The definition of a normal birth can vary.

Even with all of these things in mind, communicating with your doctor ahead of time may be the most important consideration of all. Talk with Dr. Strebel and Dr. Grolle about any concerns or wishes you may have. They are here to help you feel secure and in control when you deliver your baby.