I’d like to introduce you to my guest blogger today Katie Moore who will talk to you a little bit about preparing for childbirth:
Preparing for Healthy Childbirth
Even before a mother delivers her baby, there are steps she should take in order to prepare for the new arrival. Although some of these preparations may not be obvious, some simple considerations have helped plenty of women face the unexpected during the birthing process.
The importance of birthing classes cannot be overstated. It’s no secret that giving birth can be an incredibly laborious task, but there are training programs widely available to new moms that foster the physical and mental endurance necessary to take on the birthing process unscathed and deliver a healthy baby.
Birthing classes are available at hospitals and birthing centers alike, and each have their own unique approach. Common methods that have historically proven to be effective will cover the signs and stages of labor, positioning the body for giving birth, and how to deal with the pain and control the emotional stresses that arise from it. Birthing classes are also a great place to learn about all of your options when it comes to your delivery. One of the new, innovative options is cord blood banking. Cord blood banking is the collection of the remaining blood in your baby’s umbilical cord after birth. Stem cells from your baby’s umbilical cord may potentially be used in a future medical treatment for that child or a sibling.
Not to be overshadowed by mental and physical preparation for the big day, the infamous “baby bag” must not be forgotten. Mothers sometimes spend weeks compiling amenities to stow in the bag, and never use them. Research shows that a light bag makes for a more pleasant stay, as more baggage makes organizing and finding things later unnecessarily daunting. Many online forums consisting entirely of mothers answering birthing questions are available, including discussions on what to pack in the baby bag.
Many expecting mothers keep a keen focus on birthing the baby, but also have a few key points to think about for soon after the baby is born. One of the first important decisions is whether or not you plan to breastfeed or formula feed your baby. There are classes that specialize in breastfeeding available at hospitals, local breastfeeding support programs and lactation consultants if you do decide to breastfeed. Physicians typically have inside knowledge of facilities that are highly recommended within the medical community. Formula feeding is also a choice of many expectant parents. Talk to your doctor to see which formula is best for your baby.
“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, child-birth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact her via twitter @moorekm26.”
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