As a labour doula, I’ve learned a lot about childbirth that I didn’t know when I had my three. Therefore, I thought I’d compile a list for my clients of questions they might have and where to find the answers. Below are some of the questions I will be including. Do you know the answers?
1. What is the difference between practice surges (aka Braxton-Hicks) and actual labour?
2. What is actually happening during labour?
3. When should you call your midwife or doctor?
4. If you are giving birth in the hospital, when should you head there?
5. What are the pros and cons of internal exams?
6. What is fetal monitoring and is it necessary?
7. What are the advantages of frequently changing position while in labour?
8. What are the pros and cons of getting an epidural?
9. Are there other ways to manage the growing intensity of contractions?
10. Is it safe to labour in water? Is it safe to give birth in water?
11. What are the advantages of immediate skin to skin contact with your baby after birth?
12. What signs indicate you should get immediate medical attention?
And of course . . .
13. What are the advantages of having a labour doula?
Over the next few days, I will briefly answer the questions above and recommend resources for more thorough research on these and other subjects pertaining to pregnancy and childbirth. Remember, these are only generalizations. If you have questions or concerns, follow up with medical professionals.