Renee Adair

5 Tips to a better birth

1.    Get educated.

Birth information and education used to be given and handed down from our mothers and the elders of the village, if you like. Today in our society we rely on classes to educate women and their partners through the birth and early parenting process. Most hospitals offer classes and groups but they can be over crowed and biased. If there is an independent organisation or childbirth educator, seek them out.

2.    Prepare your body and mind.

Labour and birth can be a marathon and it is good to do regular gentle exercise, eat well, and drink plenty of water during pregnancy. Make time to visualise a positive birth experience, make a regular time to relax and just be, every day. Focus on nothing else but your breathing. You can recall this skill and use it in your labour

3.    Hire a Doula.

A doula is a professional support person who cares for the birthing woman and her partner before, during and after the birth of their baby. They offer information, guidance and emotional support. Research proves that having a doula increases birth satisfaction and lowers intervention rates.

4.    Make a birth plan or wish list.

It is a great idea to clarify your birth vision for yourself, your partner, support people and care providers. Gather as much information as you can in order to make informed decisions. Keep your birth plan to one page; be concise and clear in what it is you want. This is your birth experience, take charge!

5.    Engage the services of a supportive caregiver.

I am always perplexed by the amount of women who do no research their obstetrician, midwife, and or hospital. This is really important to do at the beginning of your pregnancy. You may accidentally engage the services of a care provider who does not match your birth philosophy.