Even if you’re not the one giving birth, going through the birth experience and becoming a parent can be hard. Asking for help is an amazing way to care for yourself and your family. Start by identifying and organizing your sources of support.
Birth isn’t easy, physically or emotionally. Take the time to identify and organize your sources of support for labor and birth.
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.
Even if you're not the one who is pregnant, expecting a baby and supporting your pregnant partner is hard. Asking for help is an amazing way to care for yourself and your family. Start by identifying and organizing your sources of support.
Even if you’re not the one who gave birth, the postpartum period is hard. Asking for help is an amazing way to care for yourself and your family. Start by identifying and organizing your sources of support.
While both types of birth workers support people through all stages of pregnancy (including postpartum), midwives and doulas play very different roles.
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.
Use this worksheet to organize your birth plan and share with your support team what matters most to you during labor and birth.
It takes a village to raise a child, and it is an incredible act of self-care to ask for help. This chapter looks at ways to build a support system with family, friends and skilled birth workers who will be there for you each step of the way.
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.
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.
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.