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.Explore Chapter
While it is completely normal to feel stress or fear around pregnancy, labor, and parenthood, remember that hope and joy are important parts of your journey too. Take this time to ask the questions on your mind, create a birth plan, and prepare for the newest addition to your family — you got this!
All people deserve a safe and positive birth experience, but all too often that is not the case for Black people. Meet doulas and midwives who reflect on how to center Black birthing people and ensure that every person has respectful, culturally aligned care that meets their needs and keeps them safe.
Use this worksheet to organize your birth plan and share with your support team what matters most to you during labor and birth.Explore Resource
Use this worksheet to organize your birth plan and share with your support team what matters most to you during labor and birth.
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.
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.