Questions About Childbirth
Have a question about child birth? You're not alone. Here are some answers to the most common labor questions.
1. How can I prepare physically for childbirth?
Labor is physically tiring and it is generally accepted that the energy needed to give birth is comparable to the energy required to run a marathon. It's good to be at a comfortably high level of fitness; however, if you haven't been exercising, then the worst thing you can do is to now launch into a vigorous exercise routine now. It would be more beneficial to try walking or swimming.
2. Should my partner and I go to antenatal classes?
Getting as much information as possible from a reliable source is only going to make life easier for you and your partner, and childbirth classes are a good form of information. The other upside is that it puts you in the company of a group of people who are going through the same experience as you. Plus, you can compare notes with your new friends.
3. What is a birth plan and should I have one?
A birth plan is a guide for your health care providers as to how you and your partner wish your labor to be managed. You and your partner need to think beforehand as you won't have the time to make decisions mid-labor.
4. Where should I have my baby?
This decision is up to you and your partner. Some couples choose to have their baby at home, because they see birth as a normal part of life. Planned home births have proved to be a safe option for healthy women having an uncomplicated pregnancy. Other couples choose to have hospital birth, where all the necessary equipment is in the event of a complication.
6. Who should be with me during my birth?
You and your partner should make this decision at an early stage. Choose people who you have a high level of comfort with. You may also want to consider having a doula attend your birth.
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