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Due Date Jitters – How to Prepare For The BIG Day

There’s an old saying that goes, “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.” No truer words were uttered, especially when pertaining to preparing to deliver a baby. Proper preparation can be the difference between having the birthing experience desired versus having a rushed experience outside of the control of the birthing family. Even though there are many different variations which can occur that may not be in line with what is desired, having a plan in place can do much to eliminate stress and fear of the unknown and draw attention to any areas that need attention before the baby arrives.
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Choosing a Doctor

Firstly, you should be sure to select a doctor who will honor the wishes of the birthing family to the best of their ability. This means investigating the beliefs and practices of the doctor before the day arrives. Does the doctor support natural births? What kind of intervention methods would be used? Knowing the answer to these questions and others like it will do a lot to inform the birthing family and make delivery day go more smoothly. Of course there are circumstances that are outside your control and then the doctor might have to make an executive decision based on his or her expertise. Just remember to do your research and find a doctor you can trust.

Creating a Birth Plan

After finding a doctor who is a good match for the family, it is important to create a birth plan and make sure that the doctor and all staff who may be in attendance are aware of the plan. Being sure to include any items which are considered a must to ensure that decisions are made before tension runs high and split decisions need to be made. If you have been identified with a high-risk pregnancy then a specialist like Dr. Gilbert Webb would advise on a particular course of action that is best for both the health of the mother and unborn child. Having a plan clearly drawn out prior to the due date is in the best interest of the mother and baby.

Having All Needed Materials

Once the birth plan is in place, it is time to prepare for the big day. If a home birth is the plan, it is important to make sure that the necessary things (such as towels, hot water, and sterile equipment) are readily available to the birthing professional. If the baby will be born in the hospital, packing a bag with all desired materials will be important. This could be anything from the mother’s own clothing, toiletries, socks, house shoes, or even things that will keep the mother calm such as essential oils or her favorite calming music. Of course, preparing for baby’s grand entrance into the nursery is important as well. Months before being due, the birthing family should make sure that a bed (crib or bassinet) is set up and clothing and diapers are handy.

The Waiting Game

Once all of these aspects have been handled, the only thing to do is to wait and be ready. One great way to do this is making sure that the mother is comfortable and happy. This could mean anything from other family members picking up the slack for chores or meals that will need to be made. Many families have benefited from cooking meals during the last few months of pregnancy and freezing them. Since having a new baby in the house often throws the schedule off and there is little time for cooking, this will help the family to have substantial meals which will provide much-needed energy to keep going.

Having most aspects of your plan taken care of well in advance will alleviate much stress when it comes time to deliver the baby. Taking the time to find the right provider, creating a birth plan, and having all needed materials on hand will help in this regard. Having a solid plan in place, despite how it may play out, will offer peace of mind.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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