One of the most exciting
times in a couple's lives is making the decision to begin ttcing. There
are many variables one must consider before beginning the process of making
another life. For example, a family unit should be spiritually, emotionally
and physically ready for the challenge of pregnancy and birth.
There are many decisions to be made concerning your pregnancy.
- What will your
diet consist of? Will you be adequately nourishing both yourself and
- What type of birth
would you like to be a part of?
- What kinds of tests
are you willing to endure during your pregnancy? What procedures are
- How does the family
feel about vaccinations? Circumcision? Breastfeeding?
- How will the child
There are many philosophies
to discuss between you and your partner. However, if the decisions are
made before pregnancy, there will be no need for concern or fear. Both
the mother and the father will be able to better focus on the unborn developing
babe and the birth. My partner and I did discuss many of these philosophies
before beginning our pregnancy journey. And, yes, we did change our minds
on some of the issues. As we became more schooled in philosophies such
as homebirth, selective vaccinations and intact children, our views grew
and changed. But, we did have a foundation to work from. If a couple does
have a strong philosophical foundation to work from, there will not be
a need to make quick decisions that you may later regret. Nor, will you
be pushed into agreeing to something that you are uncomfortable with.
- Diet Considerations
- Going with the
body's needs by knowing and listening to your body
- Nourishing Herbal
Teas and Prenatal Vitamins
- Hospital (unmediated
- Homebirth with
- Unassisted Birth
- Water Birth
- Birth Attendants
(doula, midwife, children, family members)
A Few Questions
to Ask Your HealthCare Provider
- What is your birth
- How do you feel
about natural childbirth? Epidurals? Episiotomies?
- How often are cesarean
sections performed? Why are they performed?
- What can I expect
during my birth?
- Will I be separated
from my baby?
- What will occur
after the baby is born?
- What type of prenatal
tests do you feel are necessary?
- How do you handle
disagreements with your clients?
- If an emergency
should arise, how do I contact you?