Feb 14, 2012

Preparing for a Happy Childbirth


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Along with the heightened awareness and excitement of welcoming a new life into the world, the weeks approaching the delivery date shouldn’t be a time of added stress for expecting moms. One of the most important practices during this time will be to utilize stress reduction strategies, such as breathing techniques, open communication, and relaxation through meditation. Another way to relieve stress and to have some fun is to prepare yourself and your home for your coming newborn.

Through the use of to-do lists, time management, and delegating responsibility, you will be prepared to see the end of your term and have your baby come home. The following l areas should provide a starting point for ideas on how to ensure a happy delivery experience and healthy newborn.

Delivery Day Preparation
One tool that is provided to women by clinics and hospitals is childbirth classes. Besides having an opportunity to share experiences with other mothers in the area, classes will add to the familiarity of the facility and its standard procedures. It also allows new moms the chance to learn about optional procedures, like cord blood banking. This increasingly popular practice of collecting the stem cells from the umbilical cord blood has shown promise as a possible treatment for health conditions that could affect the newborn or a sibling.

Classes will also cover specialized exercises to help delivery go smoothly. Either here, or in one of the final check-ups with the obstetrician, it’s a good idea to bring up preferences. Information about water birthing or additional therapies to limit stress, such as aromatherapy and music, should be requested prior to delivery day.

For Baby Safety
There are a number of necessary items that need to be obtained in advance of delivery day. Buying used items, such as a car seat or crib, is acceptable, but these should be inspected to ensure they meet new federal guidelines for safety. New guidelines for cribs, for instance, were issued in 2011 to prevent injuries, and new car seats often require instruction of proper use. Seeking out expert opinions on important items for the nursery can help mothers stay organized.

Make a Birth Plan
During delivery, it is easy to get caught off guard and make decisions that you are not totally familiar or comfortable with concerning your delivery. Taking the time to review options and making as many decisions before the big event will make it easier to focus should the unexpected happen. Share these decisions with loved ones and the health care provider so everyone involved knows what you want for the birth.

This article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the blogging community covering maternity and childbirth, and always advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on Twitter @ACassidy22

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