Preparation for birth

September 3rd, 2009

Lamaze International’s Six Healthy Birth Practices
1. Let labor begin on its own.
2. Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor.
3. Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support.
4. Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.
5. Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push.
6. Keep mother and baby together — it’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding.

Spinning Babies: Easier childbirth with optimal fetal positioning
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Journey into Motherhood, a book by Sherri Menelli. Inspirational stories of natural birth
Childbirth Connection: Helping women and health professionals make informed maternity care decisions
Midwifery archives at gentlebirth.org: information on many topics related to birth                                                                                                       Positive Affirmations- The power of positive thinking is quite impressive and many women find it useful to have positive catch phrases or sayings during pregnancy and birth. This site gives a great variety of positive, powerful messages for expecting mothers.

Information about hospital birth

Epidurals: risks and concerns for mother and baby. Thorough, evidence-based article on epidurals.

Inform yourself about. . .

Group B strep
Pushing