Exactly what you need to pack in your birth center or hospital bag to be prepared for labor, birth, and caring for your new baby. This is a pretty big to do on your list when you are pregnant because of course you want to be prepared and make sure you have everything you need and that you are not forgetting anything when the big birth day arrives. This episode goes into detail on everything you need to pack, whether you are planning on having your baby at a hospital or a birth center. If you are planning on a home birth this episode will still be helpful for you because you will want to have a lot of these items on hand and easily accessible during and after your labor at home.
Don’t over think this. It is easy to get wrapped up and over do it. To be perfectly honest, if you went into labor, and showed up to the birth center or a hospital with nothing you would fine. I promise you it would not be the end of the world. You would probably have to send your partner out to buy a car seat so you could take your baby home from the hospital or birth center, but otherwise you would surely survive. With that being said, there are definitely some things you can pack in a bag during your pregnancy that will make your labor and birth experience more comfortable. This episode breaks everything down by what you need to pack for mom, baby, and dad. Don’t forget about dad, he needs some stuff too. We will get into what items are must haves and some optional things you may want to consider too. Don’t worry about writing all of this down. I created a checklist for you to download with everything on it at http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode24
A doula is a professional who has been trained in childbirth and who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother and their birth partner. Having a doula can be an amazing help in creating the birth experience you want, and can drastically decrease your chances of requiring an intervention and a cesarean section. This episode features Nathalie Saenz of the Dearest Doula podcast. She has a passion for birth and explains everything you need to know about doulas from what they do to some great questions to ask when finding one that is the right fit for you.
Nathalie Saenz is a birth doula, and the creator and host of the Dearest Doula podcast, a free online resource for new and aspiring birth workers. She currently offers pregnancy and birth support in San Antonio, Texas.
Unfortunately, sometimes when your skin is stretching during birth it can tear. It is pretty common for first time mothers to have some tearing during a vaginal delivery and of course there is also the possibility that you could have an episiotomy, which is a surgical incision. The good news is that there are some things you can do leading up to, and during, your labor and delivery to prevent this. I know all of this can sound scary but it shouldn’t be. The benefits of a vaginal delivery far outweigh the downside of a tear or an episiotomy. Keep in mind some women make it through a vaginal birth without any tearing so it is not unavoidable. If you do end up with a tear or incision there is a lot you can do to make yourself more comfortable, give yourself some relief, and help your body heal afterwards.
There are a lot of rumors about activities you can do or certain foods to eat for inducing labor naturally. Some of these methods have some science behind them and some of these remedies are just old wives tales that you can probably skip. This episode gets into all of the remedies of inducing labor naturally to give you the information you need to know what works and what doesn’t. Of course you want to wait until your baby is fully mature and your body is ready for labor but there are some things you can do at home that can help to naturally induce labor, and some are definitely worth trying, especially if your doctor or midwife is bringing up the possibility of a medical induction.