How do I prepare? What should I do first? It is hard to know how to start learning and when to make plans. Enter your estimated due date to check out some helpful guidelines and tailored timeline suggestions.
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All Throughout Pregnancy
Practice healthy habits.
Eat nutritious whole foods and drink plenty of water.
Stay physically active at moderate levels, and take time to regularly relax, de-stress, and talk to your baby.
Visit your medical provider for prenatal care. Ask questions!
Research doulas and schedule interviews. If a settled decision isn't forthcoming, wait.
Find a birth class to attend (contact me or check the resource page for suggestions in your area).
Read books, watch movies, and learn all you can.
Meet with your doula and chosen support people to share about you hopes, plan, desires, and fears.
Have them accompany you to a prenatal doctor/midwife appointment.
Learn about and discuss birth plan options.
Final equipping session with the birth doula to go over comfort measures, breathing techniques, relaxation methods, and practice positions for labor.
Review plans for communication when labor begins.
Anytime Along the Way!
Change your plans! If you feel unsettled about any of your decisions whether it be support people, place of birth, or care provider, make a switch.
Follow the path of peace. You will know when “everything is as it should be.”