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How to Find the Perfect Care Provider for Your Birth
How do you know you have an amazing care provider? What are some red flags to watch for? When is it too late to switch care providers? Why does this even matter? Here’s what you need to know to find the right care provider for your pregnancy and birth.
~ Interview 3 more care providers (an OB/MD/DO, a CNM, and a CPM)
~ Find out your care provider’s rates of cesarean and induction
~ CIM’s 10 Questions to Ask
~ ACOG Refusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy
~ Birth by the Numbers
~ The Midwifery Model of Care
~ Care Provider Interview Notes
~ 3 Choices for Where You Can Give Birth class
3 Choices for Where You Can Give Birth
Many people assume that they must give birth in a hospital. You have 2 other choices to consider as well! Along with your choice in care provider, your choice in birth place will play a huge role in how your birth enfolds. Make sure you've really made an educated, intentional decision.
~ Take a tour of at least 2 hospitals
~ Take a tour of a birth center
~ Find out your birth place’s rate of cesarean
~ How to Find the Perfect Care Provider for Your Birth class
~ Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering book
~ Born in the USA DVD
~ Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth book
~ Birth Matters book
~ Birth Centers
~ Cesarean Rates by Hospital
~ Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
~ Baby Friendly USA
~ Homebirth Study
7 Secrets for Being a Truly *Great* Birth Partner
How can you be a truly helpful support person for the birthing mother in your life? Will you get through labor with all of your limbs intact? ;) Here are the tips and tricks you NEED to know so that you can be at your best for the ones who need you most!
~ Create your labor script
~ Figure out your Love Languages
~ Come up with a plan for medications in labor
~ Practice “contractions”
~ The Five Love Languages book
~ The Birth Partner book
~ The Birth Partner Handbook book
~ "Cosmo quiz"
~ Labor Script Idea handout
~ Partner Worksheet handout
21 Must Haves to Pack in Your Birth Bag
What do you need to pack for your hospital bag? I mean really need? What are some of the most forgotten and missed items? Let’s talk about these labor and postpartum goodies you’ll want to have with you on your big day.
~ Go through your packed bag or list and see if there’s anything you need to add
~ Create a list of last minute things to grab (from the fridge and such)
~ Get in the habit of keeping your gas tank at at least half full
~ Get your car seat checked by a CPST
~ Coconut Water
~ Coconut Water Packet
~ Honey Straws
~ Emergen C
~ Lip Balm
~ Chux Pads
~ Grippy Socks
~ Find a CPST to check your car seat