Choices in Childbirth


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. Despite the fast pace of life, this is good time for you to connect and really listen to your body’s messages. During this time your needs will be changing almost continually. A strong connection to your body will ensure that you are able to recognize and meet those needs, optimizing your health during pregnancy. Building a strong relationship to your body now will also be invaluable during labor and birth. 

Some of the things you will want to think about are your diet, amount of rest and exercise and the level of stress in your life.You should also consider any special needs that may impact your care options (e.g. carrying multiples, diabetes, obesity etc). Nurturing yourself and your body is the very first step in caring for your baby. Reach out for support when necessary and enjoy putting yourself and your body’s needs first.

Further reading on this topic:

5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

by Choices in Childbirth

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. We’ve put together a list of 5 basic steps that will help guide you through the process of making these decisions.

Mother-Baby Bonding During Pregnancy: A Legacy of Love

by Wendy Anne McCarty

Your world and your baby’s world are intimately intertwined during pregnancy at every level of your being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This article contains some simple principles that come from a blend of leading edge science and ancient wisdom to help you learn how to ensure a life-long legacy of love for your baby.

VBAC: A Safe Alternative to Repeat Cesarean

by Nicette Jukelevics

With record high cesarean rates, it is especially important for women to have access to information about the benefits and risks of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) and repeat cesarean so they can make informed decisions about their births. This article provides illuminating facts to help women when considering their options. 


Tiffany and Fiona, moments old © Mary Catherine Hamelin