In a world where one in every three women has a cesarean section, it is more crucial than ever for women to obtain the education and assistance they need to avoid an unnecessary medical intervention. We recognize that medical interventions are occasionally required and sometimes life-saving procedures, but we also recognize that interventions are currently being misused to the disadvantage of mothers and newborns. The first step in preventing an unnecessary intervention is to take control of your body and health-care decisions. This is why we've compiled a list of ten suggestions to empower birthing women and their families and get them on the road to a healthy and safe birth.
#1 EDUCATE YOURSELF
Make reading a priority! Read both uplifting and informative material.
Know the most recent ACOG guidelines so you can have an informed conversation with your doctor about the most suggested practices. Borrow books from local library.
Preparing for delivery entails more than simply understanding the physiological process; it also entails being mindful of procedures that could lead to an unnecessary interventions, You can make informed decisions that are right for you and your family if you understand the benefits and risks of each option.
#2 TAKE A CHILDBIRTH CLASS
Although hospital childbirth courses are handy, they usually focus on relaying hospital policies and labor management. Beyond the hospital, there is a wealth of information available to an expecting mother. The HypnoBirthing Mongan Method, Bradley Method, and Birthing from Within are just a few of the well-known childbirth workshops. Your local community may also provide range of private classes. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all birth class, so do your homework and pick the method that appeals to you and your partner the most.
#3 EXERCISE AND EAT WELL
It's not about losing weight; it's about staying healthy! Labor is a physical activity, and having the strength and endurance to manage it naturally helps. Healthy nutrition also helps to strengthen your body and avoid issues that could lead to induction or interventions. Prenatal Yoga is a fantastic way to improve your strength and flexibility while you're pregnant. If you're looking for a healthy pregnancy diet, the Brewer Diet is a fantastic place to start.
#4 SEEK HOLISTIC CARE
Acupuncture, chiropractic care, and prenatal massage are all excellent holistic options for preparing for a more comfortable labor and delivery. Morning sickness, heartburn, and even triggering contractions for a late baby have all been documented to be helped by acupuncture. Chiropractic therapy can help with a variety of pregnancy-related aches and pains by repositioning your body to its natural position. It has been shown to help with back, neck, and joint pain, as well as sciatica and round ligament discomfort. Before making an appointment, do some research and choose a licensed practitioner who is experienced in caring for pregnant women.
#5 HIRE A DOULA
A doula is a trained professional who assists you during labor and delivery. She gives expertise and recommendations to make labor more comfortable, and she is familiar with various techniques and positions for progressing through labor or resuming it. Your baby will not be caught by a doula, and she will not make medical decisions for you. They can remind you of the options you've already discussed, as well as assist you in weighing facts in order to make an informed decision regarding any measures your healthcare practitioner may recommend.
#6 WRITE YOUR BIRTH PREFERENCES
What do you have in mind for your labor? Which interventions do you want to avoid, and which do you want to consider or choose? Prepare to be adaptable; no one can predict how your labor will go. Throughout your pregnancy, and even during birth, you may find yourself changing your mind multiple times, and that is normal and perfectly fine. Having your birth preferences written down, on the other hand, helps your birth team to remind you of your choices while you're in labor. Discuss your birth choices with your doctor ahead of time to ensure that he or she is on board with your wishes. If your care provider does not support your birth choices, use this as a chance to have an open discussion about your delivery and clarify that he or she is following evidence-based methods.
#7 Interview Care Providers
Interview a number of different service providers and ask the following questions: What percentage of your deliveries are cesarean? What is your rate of induction? Is it okay with you if I go to (or past) 42 weeks? If you are unable to attend my birth, who will? What are your thoughts on laboring or giving birth in various positions? What are your thoughts on doulas? It's possible that you'll have to interview a few people before you select someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe attending your birth. It could be a red flag if they are unclear or reluctant to commit to an answer. Keep in mind that your service provider is also your employee. If you are unhappy with someone or a practice at any stage throughout your pregnancy or birth, you are not compelled to continue with them.
#8 CREATE YOUR OWN BUBBLE OF PEACE
Choose to be surrounded by individuals who are supportive and optimistic about your pregnancy and birth plans. This applies to family, friends, and, most importantly, your delivery team! People you care about will have an impact on how you feel as you prepare for delivery, so make sure to tell them how important your birth preparations are to you and how much you need their positive support.
#9 Empower Yourself
Make informed selections by understanding your options. What would it take to make this the birth of your dreams? Assemble a team of people who will be there for you during the birthing process. Lean on your friends and family for help. Remember, as long as you and your baby are both healthy, you have the right to say NO. You have the right to ask questions. You have the right to seek a second opinion. Empowering yourself with knowledge enables you to have an informed conversation with your provider and decide together on the best course of action.
The tips above can help you create a more peaceful birth environment, empower yourself, and avoid an unnecessary medical intervention. It's crucial to remember, though, that even if you do all possible, an intervention may be necessary or life-saving. So, be kind to yourself and make a plan for support if you need it during and after your birth.