Advice on preparing yourself emotionally and physically for labour and child birth with advice on planning, support and preparations you can make.
Whether you are expecting your first baby or your tenth the thought of labour and giving birth can be daunting. Even if you have given birth several times there is still the element of the unknown. However remember our bodies are designed to give birth and women have been giving birth for centuries.
You can help to prepare for labour and birth by reading books or magazines. Depending on your preference it may help to focus on the positive aspects or it may be important for you to be aware of potential complications and to face your fears head on.
It is worth researching different types of childbirth classes and taking a class with your partner. You may prefer a hospital antenatal class or to join an NCT class. This will involve your partner and make him feel more a part of the process.
It can help to join e-mail lists or contribute to a message board. Talking things through with other mums may also help.
Decide where you would feel more comfortable to give birth, either in a hospital or at home. Try also to find ways to relax. What might help you?
Prepare yourself by getting your hospital bag ready or preparing for a home birth may help you feel more in control.
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