Volume 1: Issue 1

Sage Parenting

by dragonflybloo

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 the baby?
  • 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 you against?
  • How does the family feel about vaccinations? Circumcision? Breastfeeding?
  • How will the child be parented?

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.

Options to Consider

  • Diet Considerations
  • Omnivore
  • Herbivore
  • Going with the body's needs by knowing and listening to your body
  • Nourishing Herbal Teas and Prenatal Vitamins

Birth Choices

  • Hospital (unmediated vs. medicated)
  • Homebirth with Midwife
  • Unassisted Birth
  • Water Birth
  • Birth Attendants (doula, midwife, children, family members)

A Few Questions to Ask Your HealthCare Provider

  • What is your birth philosophy?
  • 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?