Having Your Best Birth
There’s a lot beyond our control when it comes to birth but there are things you can do right now to increase the likelihood of having a positive birth experience. A “healthy mom, healthy babies” should be a given, not a goal.
Location, location, location!
There are great studies that show location really matters. In fact, your chance of undergoing surgical intervention during your birth largely depends on the facility you've chosen. So does your chance of having a positive outlook on your birth experience. This means deciding where you’ll have your baby is one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to preparing for Your Best Birth.
Build Your Best Birth Team
Choosing an OB or midwife you can trust is crucial because feeling safe and secure is vital to the birth process. During your visits, you should be enthusiastically encouraged to ask lots of questions and reassured after each encounter with them.
If you’ve already chosen a provider, and you haven't interviewed them yet, do so. This will help make sure you’ve chosen the right provider for that birth experience you’re planning. Remember, it’s never too late to switch to a provider that feels like a better fit.
You’ll also want to consider having continuous labor support from someone that understands labor really well as this dramatically increases the likelihood that you’ll feel good about your birth experience.
In our current healthcare system, this will not be your nurse, OB or even your midwife. For many folks, this support comes from a labor doula. Having a doula with you is the #2 thing you can do to maximize your chance of feeling good about your birth experience.
Out-of-Hospital Birth Class
Finally, attending a childbirth class that isn’t affiliated with or hosted by a hospital correlates with folks feeling like they got what they wanted out of their birth experience, feeling less scared, having a better sense of knowing what to do, and feeling bonded by the experience. Your Best Birth Class™ is designed to do just that (and more) and has been a Fort Worth favorite since 2015.
Want more information? Reach out to Doula Barb at birth | Fort Worth.