Before Childbirth

Questions To Ask You Healthcare Provider

Questions You Should Ask Your Midwife If you have already been to a prenatal doctor's visit, then you probably can relate to this scenario. You get very nervous before the visit wondering what will happen and then once you hear that precious little heartbeat, the nerves end up going away. The problem is, once that is over, you completely forget everything that you were going to ask because you are too busy floating on cloud 9. It certainly doesn't help that your "pregnancy brain" is in full force too! This is where it comes in very handy to bring a…


Having A Birthplan

The Importance Of Having A Birthplan Preparing your birthplan before going into labor will give you the chance to think about how you want your childbirth process to go and to sit down with your partner and discuss the options which you have available. Although you may not be able to control exactly how the labor goes, it will give you a plan of action and a course you would like it to follow if everything goes smoothly. Having a written birth plan in place will also be useful to your healthcare provider and other medical staff when you are…

Your Hospital Bag

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag It is important that you get your hospital bag organized before you go into labor, you wont be wanting to be rushing around packing a bag for hospital as you are going into labor. It is probably a good idea to pack your bag about 3-4 weeks before your due date. Packing your hospital bag Completed insurance or pre registration forms and healthcare insurance card Heavy socks to wear in delivery room Cotton nightgown or T-shirt for labor Lip balm, lollipops or fruit drops to use during labor Books or magazines A nightgown…

Create A Birth Plan

Printable Version Personal Details First Name: Surname: Partners Name: Primary Healthcare provider: Hospital / Birth Center: Due Date: Labor I would prefer to avoid an enema and/or shaving of pubic hair I would like to be free to walk around during labor I wish to be able to move around and change position all throughout labor I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor I will be bringing my own music to play during labor I would like the environment to be kept as quiet as possible I would like the…

Are You Physically Ready

The physical health of the mother and father before pregnancy will affect the health of their future baby. There are specific things you can do to help your baby even before you're pregnant. Did you know that a baby's organs begin to form in the first four weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant? What you can do: Take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day before pregnancy. Get a pre-pregnancy checkup. Eat healthy food, maintain a healthy weight and get fit. Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. Stop drinking alcohol. Don't…