Choices in Childbirth

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Newly Pregnant

I’m Pregnant!! Now what?

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

We love it when a woman asks questions, educates herself, and takes an active role in her maternity care decisions!

The birth of your child will be one of the most important and memorable experiences of your life.  It is worth the effort and time to learn about all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family.  Once you’ve identified what’s important to you, you’ll be able to clearly communicate your wishes and choose a care provider and birth environment that will respect and honor your choices.  We’ve put together a list of 5 basic steps that will help guide you through the process of making these decisions.

Prenatal Options

We encourage you to begin your preparation for the momentous event of the birth of your child by reading through Choices in Childbirth’s 5 Steps to a Healthy Birth. The Newly Pregnant section of this website will walk you through each of the steps and introduce you to some of the choices that you have and some of the things that you may want to start thinking about.

Once you are pregnant, there is a finite period of time in which to prepare. It is important to be open and honest with yourself as you look through the many resources and information available. There is a lot of new territory to cover, especially if you are a first time parent. This section is designed to support you in getting informed, navigating through your many options, and feeling as prepared for your birth as possible.

Most of all, remember that taking care of your child starts with taking care of yourself right now. Make sure you are nurturing yourself and addressing your needs, body and soul.

Educate Yourself

Start this exciting new phase in your life from an empowered position! In today’s world you have access to a seemingly limitless amount of information about pregnancy and birth. Dive in! [read more]

Listen to Your Body

Your body is about to embark on an epic journey!  Pregnancy and childbirth will challenge you in all kinds of new and exciting ways. [read more]

Create Your Personal Birth Philosophy

Now that you’ve started to educate yourself about pregnancy and birth it’s time to make some choices. Step 3 is about identifying your own personal philosophy and creating a vision for your child’s birth. [read more]

Childbirth Education

Childbirth education classes allow you to obtain more than just finite information. A good childbirth class gives you the information you need to make truly informed decisions, and teaches you ways to advocate for yourself. They create a setting where you can learn from the questions and insights of other parents who are in the same situation as you. [read more]

Building a Birth Support Team

The birth of your child will be one of the most rewarding and challenging moments in life. It is important to surround yourself with people who recognize the magnitude of the event and share your birth philosophy. Select people who will stand up for you and can hold your vision of birth at each step during the process. [read more]

Complementary Care During Your Pregnancy

There is a whole range of complementary care providers who can assist you in creating the healthiest pregnancy and prepare you for your best birth. These care providers can help you strengthen your body and your mind to prepare you for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. [read more]

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Alice laboring in shower © Shara Frederick