Use this worksheet to organize your birth plan and share with your support team what matters most to you during labor and birth.
Coming up with a birth plan and making decisions will be easier if you have sorted out what matters most to you. Use this worksheet to think about your priorities so you can weigh your options.
When deciding what’s best for you and your baby, following these six steps will help you ask the right questions and make choices with all the information you need.
B.R.A.I.N. is a useful technique that can help you weigh the pros and cons of any decision during pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Birth isn’t easy, physically or emotionally. Take the time to identify and organize your sources of support for labor and birth.
Standing, walking, crouching on all fours: laboring on your back isn’t your only option.
Picking a code word ahead of time will help ensure that you are the one who ultimately decides when you’re ready for an epidural or other pain relief.
The priceless support doulas provide is often out-of-reach for people who can’t afford their fees. But more and more, there are ways to find low-cost or even free doula services. This article provides a roadmap to finding the support you need and deserve.
Having a C-section can still include delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin contact, and many other options you typically see with a vaginal birth.
One of the first choices you need to make in your pregnancy is where to go for your prenatal care. And it’s an important choice!
While doctors and other providers are trusted professionals, you know your body best — trust your instincts! If something seems wrong or feels off, it is in your best interest to speak up for a safe and comfortable pregnancy.
A cesarean birth can be a life-saving procedure, but it can also impact your health for the rest of your life. Every person needs information and support to decide if it’s the right choice for them.
How does birth work? Learn how the mind and body work together during labor to open up for your baby. It’s a beautiful process, and one you can learn to trust.
Good care looks different for every person. In this chapter, you’ll meet doctors, midwives, doulas, and parents who discuss different models of care that are safe, respectful, and person-centered.