It finally happen. The double pink line or the "+" appeared on the test. You are pregnant!! Congratulations!
After you've celebrated and shared the news, the next call you make is to your doctor to schedule your first appointment. It makes sense right? This is the doctor you've been seeing for your well woman visits and you do plan on giving birth at the closest hospital, right? That's what you should do, right? It's what everyone does, right?
Not that your doctor who you've been seeing for the last few years won't deliver your baby and not that you won't go to the hospital that is 5 minutes from your home, but you have other options. This is your birth and you DO have choices.
Did you know that you do not have to deliver laying on your back like you see in the movie?
Did you know that you can and it is often helpful to move throughout labor?
Did you know that there are trained healthcare professionals that specialize in normal childbirth?
Did you know that you do not have to have constant electronic fetal monitoring?
Did you know that the hospital is not the only option you have to give birth?
Take as much time deciding which stroller your baby will ride in as who will be apart of your healthcare team when he or she is born.
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services has put together 10 questions to ask your healthcare providers that might help you as you explore your birth options. The questions include everything from who can be with you while you give birth to what you can expect while you are in labor.
Learn your options. Educate yourself. Become empowered so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family.