When awaiting your first baby, you need to prepare. Having heard all kind of stories from friends and family, you are probably stressed out already. But do remember that childbirth is one of the most natural things in the world. And you can easily prepare for childbirth.
Expect the unexpected. That is the only good advice when it come the childbirth and preparation. How much read about it and visit the clinic etc, you never really know what will happen. That said, there are a few ways that ease the process of childbirth.
Many women are anxious for a birth. You can for example be afraid of losing control, that you will not get the help you need at the hospital, or that it will hurt.
If you have been through a difficult birth earlier, you can be afraid that it will be the same this time. Is it the first time you give birth you may have heard that it hurts and is tough.
Talk with your partner. This is one of the most important things, as you need to be able to trust each other 110 % during the process of giving birth. Be sure to prepare together. This includes visits to the clinic, ultrasound, the tour of the birth department in the clinic and preparation courses. Be sure that you both know how you want the birth to be, not that there are different expectation.
Also, talk about the period after the childbirth. This takes your focus away from the immediate childbirth and you can focus on the positive aspect of having a child. Be sure that everything is set – it helps both of the parents to relax. Being in a stressful situation before childbirth is not good for anyone, not the parents and not the baby.
Go through the routines with your midwife and be sure that he/she knows of everything that you expect. There are no guarantees that it will be exactly that way, but most attending nurses like to comfort the parents-to-be.
Once the contractions start, make your way to the clinic. Take it easy and bring the bag you will need. You will now be taken care of and do not need to fear any medical complications.